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New-vehicle sales in province surge in March

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New-vehicle sales in Manitoba heated up in March, even if the weather remained stubbornly cold, according to new Statistics Canada data released today.

The agency said local dealerships sold 4,902 new cars and commercial vehicles, which includes trucks, buses, vans, minivans, sport-utility and crossover vehicles, during the month.

That was a 53.8 per cent increase from the previous month, when 3,188 new vehicles were sold, and a 3.7 per cent improvement from March 2013’s total of 4,728.

The biggest sales gain was in the commercial-vehicles category, where March’s total of 3,486 units was up 56.6 per cent from February’s total of 2,226, and up 8.9 per cent from March 2013’s tally of 3,202.

Sales of passenger cars, by comparison, were up 47.2 per cent to 1,416 units from 962 in February, but down 7.2 per cent from March 2013’s total of 1,526.

The Statistics Canada numbers are actual sales, not seasonally-adjusted data.

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