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Ford’s Canadian arm sold fewer vehicles in December than a year earlier but held its position as the country’s best-selling automaker in 2013 as truck sales helped it notch an overall growth of 2.7 %.

Chrysler said it took second place, with a 4.7 % jump in December sales and 6.6 %growth for the year, helped by record sales of its Ram trucks. General Motors meanwhile posted the biggest gain in December sales, up 17 %, while taking third place for the year with 4 % growth. Its Cadillac brand notched 44.6 % annual sales gains for its best-ever Canadian sales.

Ford said it was their best year for Canadian sales since 1997, with the F-Series pickup truck leading all vehicle sales for the fourth straight year. The company’s Fusion and Escape models also recorded their best-ever sales.

Meanwhile, Honda said its Civic was Canada’s top-selling car for the 16th straight year. Honda’s monthly sales nudged slightly higher overall to 13,316, but grew 10.4 % for the year to 164,236.

Ford’s total vehicle sales in December slipped 4.2 % to 16,161, as it sold fewer cars than a year ago. For the year, it sold 283,588 vehicles, an increase of 2.7 %. Chrysler sold 15,445 vehicles in December and 260,015 in all of 2013, while GM sold 17,036 vehicles in December and 234,944 in the year.

Via Reuters