TORONTO - New-vehicle sales surged again in April as the Canadian economy - and consumer confidence - continued to break out of its recessionary cocoon.
Sales jumped 29.3 percent from last year to 132,559, pushing the market up 17.4 percent for the year to date.
The Big 3 fared well in April, reversing a recent slump.
General Motors sales jumped 34 percent over last year, fed by greatly improved car sales.
Ford Motor Co. sales increased 25.7 percent, pumped up by another record for trucks.
Chrysler Corp.'s 7.8 percent rise also was led by a gain in truck sales.
GM dealers sold 43,393 new vehicles in April. Car sales soared 35.4 percent, and trucks gained 32.2 percent.
Ford sold 29,528 vehicles. Cars made their best showing in three years with a gain of 22.7 percent, and truck sales jumped 27.6 percent.
Vehicle sales by Chrysler totaled 24,298. Cars were up 7.4 percent, and trucks rose 9.8 percent.
Japanese automakers also continued to make strong gains, with Toyota/Lexus sales up 69.3 percent; Subaru up 62.2 percent; Honda/Acura up 59.2 percent; Mazda up 49.5 percent; Suzuki up 46.9 percent; and Nissan/Infiniti up 14.3 percent.
South Korea's Hyundai reported a sales increase of 36.8 percent.
European makes also fared well. Gains reported were Porsche, up 43.3 percent; BMW, up 38.4 percent; Jaguar, up 26.9 percent; Volkswagen/Audi, up 21.5 percent; Land Rover, up 20.8 percent; Volvo, up 11.2 percent; and Mercedes-Benz, up 9.2 percent.