691,400 Canadians employed by the industry, including subsectors, up from 684,700 a year earlier.
Year-over-year auto sales had declined for 17 months straight before marking a modest 0.6% climb in August.
Overall market down 4.1%, Canada could well see a second year of declines in new vehicle sales.
Dip in June marked the 16th consecutive month of sales declines when compared with the previous year.
Light vehicle sales totalled about 202,800 for the month, down from 215,407 a year earlier.
14th consecutive month of sales declines when compared with the previous year.
General Motors recorded the only June increase at 1.8%.
Total number of vehicles sold for the month: 186,447, down from 187,540 in March last year.
Capital spending for vehicle assembly has averaged just $1.2 billion a year since 2010.
General Motors was the leading car brand for the first time since before its 2009 bankruptcy.
Well on the way to setting another annual record: BMO chief economist.
Cars and light trucks totalled 123,032 last month, up 3.2% from last year.
Sales of light trucks last month climbed 5.4% but small cars fell 4.8%.
More than 1.9 million vehicles such as SUVs, pickup trucks and high-end models sold in 2015.
RICHMOND HILL, Ont. — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants says new light vehicle sales in Canada were down 2% in August compared to a year ago, although the country is still on pace to achieve another sales record by end of year.…