Vehicle sales in Canada rose in April, giving dealerships some hope that 2005 may reverse the sales declines of the past two years.
Light-vehicle sales rose 3.8 percent over April 2004.
For the first four months, sales climbed 2.4 percent from the year-ago period.
Last month, 93,022 cars were sold, a 5.2 percent increase over April 2004.
April truck sales rose 2.0 percent from the year-ago month to total 69,797 units.
In January through April, sales increased 2.5 percent over the first four months of last year.
General Motors led the Big 3 with total sales of 47,615, a 1.9 percent rise over April 2004. For the first four months, GM sales were up 3.4 percent.
Ford Motor Co. sales rose 5.0 percent increase to 23,351 units from a year ago. But for the January through April period, sales fell 1.7 percent.
DaimlerChrysler AG's April sales fell 5.7 percent from April 2004 but were up 1.5 percent for the first four months.