Canada represents the second largest automotive market in North America. There were an estimated 1.59 million units (cars and light trucks) sold.
Automotive Parts and Services Equipment
A Top Export Prospect for Canada
Canada represents the second largest automotive market in North America. There were an
estimated 1.59 million units (cars and light trucks) sold in Canada during 2011, an increase of
1.8 percent from the previous year.
Canadian automotive imports totaled over $35 billion in 2011. 61 percent of these imports
came from the United States. Canada imported an estimated $7 billion of automotive
aftermarket products in 2011.
Sub-Sector Best Prospects
• Motor Vehicle Electric and Electronic Equipment: $2.9 billion (up 17 percent from
• Motor Vehicle Body and Trailer: $2.8 billion (up 13 percent from 2010)
• Motor Vehicle Steering and Suspension Components: $2.4 billion (up 8 percent from
(Market figures are annualized values from the Jan. – Nov. time period and Dec. of the
• Canadian automotive manufacturers supply approximately 20 percent of the North
• The new U.S. light vehicles market share increased during the January - October 2011
time frame from 46 percent to 47.3 percent, continuing the 2010 rebound.
• Investment in modernizations and new facilities from 2010 – 2012 is estimated at $200
- 400 million; 50 percent to 80 percent of automotive manufacturing and assembly line
equipment are supplied by imports.
• The Canadian Federal and Provincial Governments have provided financial support to
Major upcoming events/trade shows supported by CS Canada in this sector:
• Canadian International Auto Show, Multi Company Promotion: February 16, 2012,
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• SEMA Show – Automotive Aftermarket Trade Show: October 30 – November 2, 2012,
Las Vegas, NV
• Automotive Industries Association of Canada
• Automotive Parts Manufacturers’ Association
• Industry Canada
• Statistics Canada
• DeRosiers Automotive Consultants
For More Information
Please contact Stefan Popescu, Commercial Specialist for the automotive parts and services sector at the U.S.
Commercial Service in Canada at Stefan.Popescu@trade.gov or (416) 595-5412, ext. 223. You can also visit our
website at http://www.export.gov/canada.
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