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A Dark April for the Canadian Car Industry: Sales Fell by 74.6% Last Month

Normally, a tough month in the auto industry is when sales are down maybe 1 or 2%. With the predictable but sobering 74.6% decline registered in April, the sector has just experienced the worst month in its history in this regard.

The small consolation is that we know the enemy responsible for it: the coronavirus. Still, the numbers are catastrophic. The Canadian division of Automotive News published a detailed analysis of the results on Sunday. Here’s what they found.

Last month's sales reached an estimated total of 45,833 units, compared to 180,616 for the same period last year. If we say estimated, it’s because many auto manufacturers no longer report sales figures monthly, preferring instead to report on a quarterly basis. Nissan Canada has just adopted this practice to bring it in line with that of its American counterpart.  

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