TORONTO -- Canadian sales ended a skid that began in February with a record-setting burst in July that saw sales climb 5.5 percent.
Fueled by incentives, sales of 146,221 units set a July record. Big 3 sales rose 6.4 percent; Japanese brands were up 8.9 percent; the Europeans were down 13.9 percent; and Korean makers were up 0.7 percent.
Sales for the first seven months are down 4.4 percent.
General Motors' sales rose 12.7 percent, Chrysler Canada reported a gain of 6.9 percent, and combined sales of Ford Division, Lincoln and Mercury fell 4.2 percent.
Subaru, Acura and Honda Division were the only Japanese brands with lower sales. Audi and Volvo were the only European brands with increases.
Kia sales were up 17.9 percent, and Hyundai sales dipped 5.3 percent.