TORONTO - Buoyed by a strong economy and renewed consumer confidence, new-vehicle sales in Canada rose 17.2 percent in May, compared with last year.
The rise, to 144,995 units, marked the eighth consecutive month of stronger year-to-year sales and brought the five-month total to 564,170, up 17.3 percent.
The total consisted of 83,810 cars, up 15 percent, and 61,185 trucks, up 20.1 percent.
Each of the Big 3 posted strong gains in combined car and truck sales in May.
Chrysler was up 18.1 percent; Ford, 12.1 percent; and General Motors, 9.2 percent.
Chrysler Corp. said its May car sales rose 18.1 percent from a year earlier, and trucks, fueled by record minivan sales, increased 18.8 percent.
General Motors also showed strength across its full car and truck lines. Car sales, after lagging in the early part of the model year, rose 10.1 percent in May on the strength of strong showings by the Buick Park Avenue, Cadillac and Saturn. Truck sales were up 7.9 percent.
Ford truck sales rose 20 percent from a year earlier, to 20,259, an industry record for any month. Car sales, however, rose only 2 percent.
Japanese marques continued to report strong sales gains, as did South Korea's Hyundai, which was up 41.9 percent.
But European imports posted mixed results. BMW rose 42.6 percent and Mercedes was up 17 percent, but Volkswagen, Jaguar and Lada declined slightly.