Car sales: new cars down, electrics popular
New car sales are down in La Belle Province. According to several specialized sites that Métro consulted, a total of 20,213 first-hand automobiles found buyers during the first nine months of 2022 in Quebec. Only electric cars saw an increase in sales, with 7,049 vehicles sold, or 33% more than the previous year.
Sales of non-electric cars fell, with only 13,164 units sold, 3,077 less than in 2021. This is a drop of 25%. “Electric vehicles are once again the only category to show an increase in sales,” notes the AutoMédia specialist.
Trucks are at the top of the list of the most popular vehicles: 64,382 units were distributed in 2022. Gasoline and hybrid trucks represent three quarters of vehicles sold.
A similar trend can be observed across the country. According to a report by the firm DesRosiers Automotive Consultants, 1.49 million new vehicles were sold across Canada in the past year. This represents a decrease of 9.1% compared to 2021. It is also the lowest figure in almost 14 years.
This situation is explained in particular by the current context of inflation, but also because of the disruption of production chains, caused by the pandemic.
At the Canadian level, Ford, General Motors and Toyota are the three brands that sold the most vehicles last year. Despite an overall drop in sales, the report by the firm DesRosiers Automotive Consultants indicates that a recovery began during the month of December: 109,000 vehicles were sold compared to 103,000 on the same date in 2021. see if this surge will last.