TORONTO - With the aid of incentives, Canada's sales rose 2.8 percent in June, as cars continued to outsell light trucks.
For the first six months, automakers sold 755,345 cars and trucks, a 3.9 percent improvement over last year.
Cars accounted for a 53.9 percent market share, while light trucks captured a 46.1 percent share.
General Motors, which includes the GM, Isuzu and Saab brands, commanded a 32.2 percent share, up slightly from the year ago period. Ford Motor Co. Ltd., which includes the Ford, Jaguar and Volvo brands, ranked second with a 20.8 percent share. DaimlerChrysler AG, which includes Mercedes-Benz and the former Chrysler Corp. brands, ranked third with 18.5 percent.
GM delivered 49,449 vehicles in June, down 5.4 percent from June 1998. GM's car sales slipped 4.2 percent, while truck sales declined 6.6 percent. Overall, GM sales in the first half are up 5.9 percent.
Ford sales rose 3.8 percent in June to 31,943 units. Ford enjoyed a record month for truck sales, which rose 8.2 percent. But car sales in June were off 3.4 percent. For the first six months of 1999, Ford's sales have increased 2.6 percent.
Newly named DaimlerChrysler Canada Inc.'s sales (excluding Mercedes-Benz) totaled 26,912 vehicles in June, an increase of 4.3 percent. Car sales dipped 7.0 percent, while truck sales rose 10.8 percent. Year-to-date, overall sales are down 6.3 percent.
Among the imports, Honda-Acura holds a tenuous lead over Toyota-Lexus with 8.2 percent of the market, compared with Toyota's 8.1 percent.
Mazda sales jumped 147.7 percent in June, with year-to-date sales up 46.1 percent.
Toyota-Lexus sales increased 2.9 percent with year-to-date sales down 3.6 percent.
Honda-Acura sales increased 1.4 percent for the month with year-to-date sales rising 12.6 percent.
All other Japanese makes reported sales gains for the month.
High-riding Volkswagen's sales dipped 9.2 percent in June, although sales are up 15.5 percent for the first half.
Mercedes-Benz sales jumped 45.7 percent in June, while BMW sales declined 13.9 percent.
Hyundai sales rose 37.7 percent in June, bringing its first half total to 15,117, up 20.6 percent from last year.