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Canada sales slide in Sept.

TORONTO - New-vehicle sales in Canada last month slumped 12.7 percent from a year earlier as Canadians, like consumers worldwide, shunned showrooms in the wake of terrorist attacks in the United States.

The drop, to 125,096 units, brought year-to-date sales to 1,184,923, down 2.1 percent from last year's record nine-month pace.

Light-truck sales were off 16.6 percent for the month, while car sales slid 9.4 percent.

The Big 3, which have suffered at the hands of imports all year, registered the biggest hits, while several import brands posted gains.

Here are figures among the Big 3:

  • Chrysler plummeted 32.9 percent for the month as car sales slumped 37.7 percent and truck sales fell 31.1 percent.

  • Ford was off 16.1 percent as car sales slid 28.2 percent and trucks fell 9.8 percent.

  • General Motors slipped 15.2 percent as cars sales fell 16.8 percent and trucks, by 13.7 percent.

    The two principal Korean carmakers, Hyundai and Kia, continued to gain momentum in the month.

    Hyundai was up 44.9 percent in September, bringing its year-to-date gain to 54.2 percent, while Kia was up 36 percent in the month and 113.3 percent for the nine months.

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