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Sales of new vehicles fell 27.7% in February to country

Canadian sales of new cars and light trucks have fall 27.7 percent last month compared to the same period a year ago, while General Motors of Canada saw its shipments plummet by as much as 56 7 percent.

Usually in mind, GM finds himself in third place in the Canadian market with respect to monthly sales, behind the Canadian subsidiaries of Chrysler and Ford.

Overall, Canadian auto sales down 29.9 per cent compared to those of February 2008, to establish 40 786, while those of commercial light vehicles _ trucks, sport utility vehicles and vans _ were down 25.2 percent, 39,444 units sold, according to data compiled by industry DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

The total number of light vehicles sold last month, 80,230, was actually slightly higher than that recorded in January, while 76,900 units were sold. The analyst Dennis DesRosiers has also recalled that the month of February 2008 had been marked by record sales, which exaggerates the observed from one year to another difference.

While Canadian sales plunged GM has 11,381 units last month against 26,309 a year earlier, Chrysler took the head of the march with 11,923 vehicles sold, down 27 percent compared to February 2008.

Ford took the second position with 11,854 sales, down 15.4 percent compared to those of a year ago.

Toyota has been dropped from 26 percent of its sales, 9421 units, while Honda saw his tumbling 43 per cent, 6912. Both of these other Japanese companies have large assembly plants Ontario, as the Big Three automakers in Detroit.

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