Employee discounts offered by the Big 3 fizzled last month in Canada.
General Motors took the biggest hit. Its sales fell 10.8 percent compared with September 2004. Ford Motor Co. slumped 5.4 percent.
In Canada, employee prices for all consumers ended Sept. 30 for the Big 3.
DaimlerChrysler AG, hurt by the Chrysler group's 5.0 percent drop, was off 3.9 percent. This is a sharp reversal from August, when Chrysler surged 23.3 percent.
Suzuki Motor Corp. had the best month among Japanese manufacturers, rising 21.1 percent. Mazda Motor Corp. gained 16.9 percent, and Nissan Motor Co., including Infiniti Division, gained 15.8 percent.
Honda and Acura rose 3.6 percent, and Toyota and Lexus rose 3.1 percent.
Total vehicle sales in Canada dropped 2.0 percent to 127,502 last month.
GM, including Saab, remained the No. 1 automaker through nine months this year with sales of 352,226, an increase of 4.1 percent over the same period of 2004.
DaimlerChrysler was second with 182,921, just ahead of Ford Motor's 178,369.
Toyota Motor followed with 135,214.
In 2005, 1,233,411 vehicles have been sold in Canada through September, 4.0 percent more than last year.
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