Auto sales in Canada are off to a strong start this year.
Vigorous sales by General Motors, DaimlerChrysler AG and Ford Motor Co. pushed the Canadian market to an 8.9 percent gain in January.
GM sold the most vehicles last month - 22,789, up 9.2 percent over January 2005. The automaker's car sales were particularly strong, spiking 18.1 percent. Sales of GM's light trucks inched up 0.6 percent.
GM was the only Detroit-based car company to sell more cars than trucks in Canada last month.
DaimlerChrysler's sales rose 9.8 percent to 17,219 units, led by the Chrysler group's 16,405.
The Dodge Caravan/Grand Caravan was the No. 1 seller in Canada last month, selling 4,089 units. But that was down 13.5 percent from January 2005.
Ford, including sales of its European brands, gained 8.1 percent to 12,386.
Among Japanese automakers, Mazda had the strongest showing, gaining 20.3 percent on sales of 3,536 units.
Toyota Motor Corp. surged 6.3 percent to 9,300. The number includes Lexus sales.
Honda Motor Co., including Acura, reported sales of 6,698, up 5.0 percent from January 2005.
The Honda Civic was the top-selling car in Canada in January, with sales of 3,334 units. The total includes the hybrid and SiR versions. Civic sales increased 26.2 percent year over year.
Nissan North America's sales dipped 4.7 percent to 3,831.
Sales of the Quest minivan dipped 53.7 percent to 68 units, while sales of the Altima and Maxima sedans and the Armada and Pathfinder SUVs took double-digit hits as well.
Hyundai-Kia Automotive grew 9.8 percent to 4,990.
Last month, 86,205 light vehicles were sold in Canada.
Cars accounted for 53.3 percent of sales, while light trucks made up 46.7 percent.