TORONTO -- Canadian auto sales fell about 5 percent in May, but Toyota Canada Inc. bucked the trend and increased its market share against the Big Three automakers, according to data released on Wednesday.
Toyota Canada, the Canadian unit of Japan's biggest automaker, said it reached a record Canadian market share of 12.4 percent in May as its sales rose 0.7 percent to 19,596 vehicles compared with the same month in 2004.
General Motors of Canada, the country's biggest automaker, said its total monthly sales fell 3.3 percent to 45,701 vehicles.
Ford Motor Co. of Canada said May sales fell 10.4 percent to 21,252 from 23,726 a year earlier.
DaimlerChrysler Canada suffered the steepest drop as its May sales dropped to 20,117, off 12.9 percent from the 23,095 it delivered last year.
Honda Canada Inc. also bucked the negative trend, increasing sales by 4.3 percent to 13,331 vehicles from 12,781 last year, helped largely by a 43.8 percent jump in sales of its Canadian-made Honda Pilot sport-utility vehicle.