TORONTO - Canada's new light-vehicle sales continued at a sizzling pace in November, rising 15.9 percent over a year earlier to 119,351 units.
The increase brings sales for the first 11 months to 1,371,967 units, up 6.9 percent from a year earlier, and puts the Canadian market on track to sell about 1,490,000 cars and light trucks this year. That would be the industry's best year of the decade and the third-best ever after 1987, when 1,500,809 units were sold.
The industry posted its best year in 1988, when 1,537,986 vehicles were sold.
General Motors, Ford of Canada and Chrysler of Canada held 67.9 percent of the market through November, down about 2 percentage points from the same period a year earlier, while Japanese makes gained a full point of share, to 24.5 percent of the market.
European and Korean producers shared 7.6 percent of the market, up a point from a year ago.
Among GM, Ford and Chrysler of Canada:
GM's November sales jumped 16.2 percent from a year earlier to 36,296 cars and light trucks. Car sales rose 15.2 percent, while trucks increased 17.2 percent.
Ford rose 25.4 percent from a year earlier to 22,999. Car sales rose 34.6 percent, and trucks were up 21.1 percent.
Led by a 16.1 percent surge in car sales, Chrysler was up 5.3 percent in November. Truck sales were flat. The company is off 3.3 percent for the year.