Car and light-truck sales in Canada bounced back in 2005 after falling the previous two years.
Sales increased 3.2 percent over 2004 to 1,583,388 units.
General Motors was Canada's top-selling automaker last year with 453,630 units, a 2.4 percent increase over the previous year. DaimlerChrysler AG, which includes Mercedes-Benz and Smart, was second with 232,647 units sold, a 3.8 percent increase. But No. 3 Ford Motor Co. saw its sales slip 0.5 percent to 226,923 vehicles.
In December, Honda Motor Co.'s sales climbed 7.2 percent to 13,050 units, surpassing Toyota Motor Corp.'s total of 11,861 (up 1.0 percent).
Honda's leap can be attributed to a hike in truck sales, which rose 42.3 percent over December 2004 to 4,782 units.
Also in December, Chrysler group sales increased 4.2 percent. Ford sales rose 2.2 percent. GM sales were up 1.2 percent.
Canada sales rose 2.9 percent in December.
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