Canada Auto Sales Up 5.3% in May image

Auto sales in Canada increased 5.3% in May, surpassing the 2.4% year-to-date-growth.

Last month automakers sold 185,040 vehicles in Canada, a little under the record of 185,471 units sold in May 2007. Canada’s top seller was Ford, as demand for its trucks helped offset a decline in car sales. The second and third places were taken by Chrysler and GM, all three Detroit car makers performing better than in 2012. Toyota also managed to reach its best monthly sales in Canada since August 2008.

Ford’s sales in Canada increased 0.5% to 32,490 vehicles, up from 32, 338 units sold in May 2012. Truck sales were up 4.6% to 23,537 units, while car sales dropped 8.9% to 8,953 units. From January to May, Ford’s sales in the region jumped 5.7%, truck sales were up 7.3% and car sales increased 1.2%.

Chrysler’s sales increased almost 12% last month to 29,249 units, up from 26,218 units last year. Car sales were up 24.3% to 7,033 units, with the Dodge Avenger setting record sales, and truck sales increasing 8.1% to 22,216 units. Year-to-date Chrysler’s sales in Canada climbed 6%, with car sales up 16.2% and truck sales up 3.7%. From January to May, GM’s sales were up 2.6% with car sales up 2.1% and truck sales up 2.8%.

Toyota Canada saw an increase of 12.3% to 22,250 vehicles, with truck sales up 14.2% to 8,550 units, a record May, and car sales up 9.2% to 11,533 units.