The slide in new car and truck sales in Canada hit six months in March, as deliveries slipped to 142,630 (see data p.2), off 8.1% from like-2000's 155,271 on a daily rate basis (22 days vs. 23 year-ago). Car sales fell 9.4% to 75,630, largely a result of a 21.2% decline at the Big Three. European brands also suffered a drop, as Mercedes-Benz (Canada) Inc. sales plunged 16.3% and Volkswagen Canada Inc. deliveries dipped 12.9%. Asian brands enjoyed a 9.1% increase, despite double-digit ...

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