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Business Topic Listening Lesson: Auto Sales

How good are you with numbers in English? Non-native speakers often have trouble understanding and saying large numbers. In today’s Business Topic listening lesson, we review a report that appeared in The Globe and Mail on auto sales in Canada.

Listen to the listening lesson without reading the text. Write down as many numbers as you can. Then check how well you did. Afterwards, attempt to answer the questions well below the video.

“Ford Motor Co. of Canada Ltd., said it held on to first place in the vehicle sales race in Canada last year with sales of 276,068. That’s flat with 2011 sales of 275,978 but enough to keep the Oakville, Ont.-based auto maker ahead of Chrysler Canada Inc.

Chrysler Canada Inc. said its vehicle sales rose 6 per cent last year, with a 1-per-cent rise in December marking its 37th straight month of year-over-year sales increases. Chrysler sold 243,845 vehicles in 2012 to grab second place in the Canadian market. That compared with 230,992 in 2011.

Toyota Canada Inc. said its sales rebounded 18 per cent in 2012 to 192,058 vehicles, with record setting sales of trucks and hybrid vehicles and the best year for its Scion brand.
Meanwhile, in the U.S. Chrysler Group LLC’s sales jumped 21 per cent last year, the car maker’s strongest performance since 2007.

For December, Chrysler’s sales rose 10 per cent to 152,367 cars and trucks, led by the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV, Ram pickup and Chrysler 300 luxury car. Chrysler, the first automaker to report sales on Thursday, said industry sales jumped to an annual rate of 15.8 million in December, making it the strongest month of the year.

General Motors Co.’s full-year U.S. sales rose 3.7 per cent, while Ford’s U.S. sales advanced 5 per cent. For December, GM sales rose 5 per cent, while Ford was up 2 per cent.”

Check Your Business Topic Listening Lesson Understanding

A. Find the correct synonym for each word by using the context.

1. held on to
2. race
3. ahead
4. rose
5. grab
6. rebounded
7. brand
8. advanced

a. increased
b. recovered
c. moved forward
d. took
e. retained
f. be in advance
g. competition
h. trademark

Answers
1. e, 2. g, 3. f, 4. a, 5. d, 6. b, 7. h, 8. c

B. The word “race” is used in many different idiomatic expressions or terms, either as a verb or a noun. Match the expression on the left with its meaning on the right.

1. the rat race a. a competition in which one participant is far superior
2. race against the clock b. countries competing for more powerful weapons
3. race through something c. not having a chance to win
4. off to the races d. the daily struggle to succeed
5. a one-horse race e. do a job quickly
6. run the good race f. go fast to meet a deadline
7. not in the race g. start something exciting
8. arms race h. do one’s best

 

 

Answers:

1. the rat race d a. a competition in which one participant is far superior
2. race against the clock f b. countries competing for more powerful weapons
3. race through something e c. not having a chance to win
4. off to the races g d. the daily struggle to succeed
5. a one-horse race a e. do a job quickly
6. run the good race h f. go fast to meet a deadline
7. not in the race c. g. start something exciting
8. arms race b. h. do one’s best

 

 

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