TORONTO - Dragged down by weakness in the Big 3 and among European makes, new-vehicle sales in Canada slid 8.8 percent in February to just over 87,000 units.
Combined sales by the Big 3 plunged 17.8 percent from a year earlier, while European brands slipped 4.4 percent. But Japanese nameplates surged 10.4 percent.
Among the Big 3, Ford was off 26.3 percent as passenger-car sales plummeted 40.8 percent and trucks fell by 17.6 percent. Chrysler slumped 19.2 percent as car sales slid 33.3 percent and trucks were off 13.3 percent.
General Motors was down 10.7 percent. Its car sales were off 13.3 percent while trucks declined 7.7 percent.
Among the Japanese, Honda was up 17.6 percent; Mazda, 28 percent; and Nissan, 10.4 percent. Toyota was off 3 percent and Subaru declined 4.1 percent.
BMW showed the strongest gain among the European makers, with sales up 37.7 percent.
The Korean makes continued to show mixed fortunes in February. Hyundai and Kia were up 35.5 percent and 202.9 percent, respectively, while struggling Daewoo was off 60.3 percent.
Carlos Gomes, senior economist for Scotiabank in Toronto, said most of the overall sales decline can be attributed to slowing demand in Ontario, Canada's most populous province.