TORONTO -- Canada's Big Three automakers managed only flat to lower sales last month, according to figures released on Wednesday, extending weakness that has seen overall domestic sales fall in 16 of the past 20 months.
General Motors of Canada, the country's biggest automaker, said total monthly sales fell 19.2 percent to 34,847 vehicles in July.
Car sales were down 21.3 percent and light truck sales -- which include minivans and sport utility vehicles -- dropped 17.2 percent over the same month last year.
DaimlerChrysler Canada reported a 1.2 percent increase in total sales to 17,836. A 5.3 percent gain in truck sales helped offset an 11.1 percent drop in car sales.
Ford Motor of Canada said total sales sank 20.5 percent to 17,750. Truck sales were down 20.1 percent while car sales fell 21.3 percent.
Japan's biggest automaker handily bucked the trend, however. Toyota Canada said it had its best July on record as sales rose 10.5 percent to 15,898 vehicles. The automaker credited its car division for much of the gains where sales jumped 21.4 percent.