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Vehicle sales hit a record in Canada last year for the fourth straight year, and totals for the first two months of 2017 are on pace for another record (CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS)
Vehicle sales hit a record in Canada last year for the fourth straight year, and totals for the first two months of 2017 are on pace for another record (CHRIS HELGREN/REUTERS)

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Surging sales of pickups, crossovers and sport utility vehicles are keeping auto sales robust in North America and, for now, are offsetting double-digit declines in sales of passenger cars.

Auto makers reported strong sales again in Canada and the United States last month. Deliveries in Canada grew 3 per cent to 123,032 vehicles compared with 119,201 in February, 2016, making it the best February on record for new vehicle sales. Consumer demand for new vehicles fell slightly in the U.S. market but remained at a healthy seasonally adjusted annual sales rate of 17.5 million.

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