New-vehicle sales in Canada plunged 9.2 percent in July compared to the same month last year.
July sales of 132,782 vehicles brought the year's total to 923,690, down 4.7 percent from the first seven months of 2003.
Big 3 sales slid 15.3 percent in July compared to the year-ago month. The U.S. automakers are off 4.7 percent for the year.
The Chrysler group was the only Big 3 member to report a sales increase in July: 1.2 percent from the year-ago month. The Chrysler group is down only 0.7 percent for the year.
General Motors sales in July were down 19.4 percent and are off 1.8 percent so far this year. Ford, Lincoln and Mercury sales declined a total of 20.5 percent in July and are down 13.2 percent for the first seven months.
Japanese makes did the best, with sales up 4.2 percent for July and a decline of just 0.7 percent for the year. Korean makes were off 23.2 percent in July and 19.6 percent for the year. European imports dipped 3.7 percent and are down 9.4 percent this year.
Toyota Motor Corp. led the Japanese automakers as sales rose 10.5 percent in July compared to the year-ago month.