RTTNews - New motor vehicles in Canada sales edged down 0.6% to 119,961 units in June. Most of this decrease was attributable to lower sales of passenger cars, according to data released by Stats Canada Friday.

The agency noted that sales of new motor vehicles have generally been rising since the beginning of 2009 after a sharp decline in the latter part of 2008.

Despite this recent upward trend, sales levels have been well below those of recent years. Average monthly unit sales in the first six months of 2009 were nearly 119,000 compared with about 148,000 in the same period in 2008.

Truck sales continued to outpace passenger car sales. The number of new passenger cars sold in June was down 1.0% to 59,038 vehicles. Sales of North American-built passenger cars declined 0.9%. Since December 2008, sales have been at near historic lows for this segment of the market.

Sales of new trucks (which include minivans, sport-utility vehicles, light and heavy trucks, vans and buses) edged down 0.2% to 60,923 units in June. Truck sales exceeded passenger car sales in June for the third consecutive month.

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