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Brandon Sun (Newspaper) - July 4, 2002, Brandon, Manitoba Automotive BRANDON July 2002 A7 Canadian auto sales up five per cent in June BY STEVE ERWIN Canadian Press TORONTO Canadas newvehi cle market continued to speed uphill in with sales improving five per cent over the same month a year accord ing to figures released yesterday by the More than vehicles were sold to Canadian consumers in improv ing over last years sales of for the say figures compiled by DesRosiers Automotive It was the ninth month in a row of yearoveryear sales improvement in Canadas automotive spurred by steep incentives such as no interest introduced after the 11 terrorist The continued strength in the market has prompted analysts to predict Canadian sales will hit a record this beating last years alltime high of million Sales for the first six months of this year total an increase of per cent over the first half of The June improvement came despite a slide at General the market GM Canada moved cars and light including minivans and sportutility per cent below yearago GM Canada noted that its yearto date sales stand at over vehicles more than above its closest Our current sales are 10 per cent ahead of last years and we still have high hopes that 2002 could be our best year in the past stated Marc GM Canadas vicepresident of Comeau called the June decline a bit of a adding that GM expects that a new incentive program will drive its sales GM has launched a CanadaWide Clearance offer of zero per cent purchase financ DaimlerChrysler sales rose per cent to while Fords were up percent to Vehicle sales in dip per cent in June DETROIT An expected skid in vehicle sales was muted in as automakers reported sales down only per cent compared with June Strong truck sales and solid sales by General Motors and foreign automakers helped maintain the industrys momen There is still attractive high er consumer easy low rates and a general expansion of the observed Burnham Securities analyst David Of the Big Three domestic automak GM was the only one to report a sales increase last month with a per cent improvement over June Sales fell per cent at not including its foreign and declined four per cent at the Chrysler Group of DaimlerChrysler the automakers reported GMs sales hike was powered by strong sales of its sportutility vehicles and said Paul execu tive director for market and industry analysis at the worlds largest GM sales were down per cent for the first six months of the year compared with the first half of Sales at the secondlargest were down per cent for the first Fords redesigned Expedition had its best monthly sales in a year in Its Jaguar unit reported its llth straight record month as sales soared by 63 per Despite the overall sales decline at there were record sales of the PT and strong promotion fuelled sales of All three automakers launched new marketing programs Tuesday that offer a choice of nointerest financing or cash rebates on many ostensibly to help clear out remaining 2002 model year Press Emissions measure puts all eyes on governor EXHAUST Chrome Stainless Tips 6019TH BRANDON 7270020 with deductable or less SUPERIOR AUTO ft GLASS 1919 Brandon Avenue One block west of the Keg I Manitoba Public Insurance Windshield replacements Side and rear glass replacements Long crack repairs Free courtesy cars Free pick up and delivery Evening service available 7261333 [email protected] I he O iqn o SERVICE We Do Everything from Oil Changes to Major Repairs Honda 19th Street South 7251930 i a a n ta fc a 11 i J BY JIM WASSERMAN Associated Press Right in the middle of his reelection Gray Davis must decide whether to sign a California bill that would make the largest auto market in the United States the first to limit tailpipe emissions of carbon The freshman Democrat is under intense pressure to veto the bill from 14 of the worlds largest the United Auto Workers oil com farm organizations and much of the states business These groups are making the most noise after failing to kill the legislation before it could arrive on the governors Davis is being urged to sign the bill by large American environmental much of the states congression al its largest cities and Hollywood celebrities from Robert Redford to Cameron The governor has called the bill good public policy but wants to study it A spokesman said Davis decision was expected within two The passed Monday by a single vote in the state would force automakers to reduce nontoxic carbon dioxide emissions from light trucks and cars beginning in Environmentalists say it is one of the most significant measures to address cli mate problems in a Automakers are calling the bill a backdoor assault that will drive up vehi cle prices and limit the variety of cars companies can They say it will hurt attempts to boost fuel Manufacturers also fear that the if could eventually force them to build cars and trucks tailored to individual state emissions We will encourage the governor the veto the said Kris director of state affairs for the 13member Alliance of Automobile If a lawsuit is well look at If a referendum is a viable well look at This battle is far from he speaking for European and Japanese Environmental groups warned that a veto could cost Davis in his election campaign against Republican business man Bill I think people would be deeply dis appointed and his efforts to get environ mental support for his reelection would be badly said Carl western regional staff director for the Sierra with 35 million is the biggest auto market in the United accounting for 10 per cent of all American For California has been ahead of the government in air pollution standards and it is the only state with a Clear Air Act exemption that allows it adopt air pollution standards that are stricter than Other states are given the option of adopting either the federal standards or Californias more stringent California has long forced carmakers to limit poisonous and polluting emis though the bill is the first to target emissions of a natural greenhouse gas environmentalists say accounts for 60 per cent of the states contribution to global experts say the United States is responsible for nearly onequar ter of all carbon dioxide NO Quality Care Air Conditioning Service Canadian 2626 Victoria Brandon 7280100 Financing on most remaining 2002 vehicles 2002 Pontiac Sunf ire SE 2002 Pontiac Montana SE 2002 Pontiac Grand Prix GT 2002Buick Century Custom 2002Buick LeSabre Custom 2002 CMC 2002 CMC Sierra Cab Sonoma Cab FOR HOME CALL 7270527 ;