TORONTO -- Most major Canadian automakers reported higher sales in November, marking the first monthly sales gain since June, according to data released on Wednesday.
Total sales were up 3.9 percent from November last year. It was only the third month of sales gains this year. Year to date, sales are down about 4.3 percent.
General Motors of Canada, the country's biggest automaker, said total monthly sales rose 3.0 percent to 35,869 vehicles in November.
Car sales were down 9.4 percent but light truck sales, which include minivans and SUVs, jumped 18.8 percent over the same month last year.
Ford Motor Co. of Canada said total sales fell 4.5 percent to 15,126 units. Truck sales were down 0.9 percent while car sales dropped 14.2 percent.
DaimlerChrysler Canada reported an 0.8 percent rise in total sales to 15,250 units. A 9.1 percent increase in car sales offset a 1.6 percent dip in truck sales.
Toyota Canada, the Canadian unit of Japan's biggest automaker, said its total sales were up 11.4 percent in November.