Canadian dealers closed the books on 2011 with sales of 1,581,733 cars and light trucks, a 1.7% gain over the 1,554,700 in 2010, despite weakened demand in December. The gain was led by a 4.6% rise in light-truck deliveries, to 899,777 units from year-ago’s 860,351, that more than compensated for a 1.8% decline in new-car sales, to 681,956 from 694,349, largely due to Japanese-make inventory shortages. Ford again led the industry with 2011 LV sales up 2.5%, and deliveries ...

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