Fueled by high-octane incentives, Canadian sales flared like a summer barbecue in July, rising 8.1 percent.
For the month, automakers sold 127,171 cars and light trucks.
Canadians purchased 69,470 cars in July, up 7.0 percent, and 57,701 light trucks, an increase of 9.6 percent over last year.
The industry continues to run at a record rate; with seven consecutive months of strong sales, 1999 is shaping up to be a great year, said Dick Conlin, General Motors of Canada's vice president of marketing.
GM, Ford and Chrysler-branded vehicles accounted for 65.6 percent of the market, down slightly from last year's 66.4 percent.
With its seventh straight month of increased truck sales and strong car results, Ford (not including Jaguar and Volvo) recorded the highest percentage increase with combined sales up 15.2 percent. For the year to date, Ford sales are up 3.9 percent.
GM (not including Isuzu and Saab) reported a 5.9 percent sales increase in July. For the first seven months of the year, GM sales also are up 5.7 percent.
DaimlerChrysler (not including Mercedes-Benz) posted a modest 1.0 percent increase in July. DaimlerChrysler's truck sales surged 7.3 percent, but car sales dropped 12.2 percent. For the year, DaimlerChrysler's sales are down 5.3 percent.
Among Japanese automakers, Honda continues to edge out Toyota. For the month, Honda sold 12,781 cars and trucks, up 8.0 percent. For the year, Honda sold 74,807 light vehicles, up 11.8 percent.
In July, Toyota sold 12,733 cars and trucks, up 7.2 percent. For the year, Toyota sold 73,770 light vehicles, down 1.9 percent.