Canadian auto sales rose 5.0 percent in July from July 2007 to 149,667 units. Sales in Canada are up 2.8 percent in the first seven months of 2008, to 1,033,688 units.
Toyota Motor Corp.'s 18.3 percent sales surge in July to 21,990 units pushed it to second place among automakers, up from fourth a year earlier. Top-ranked General Motors' sales rose 5.3 percent to 33,686 units.
At Ford Motor Co., though, sales slumped 16.3 percent to 18,555 units. Chrysler LLC's sales dropped 6.8 percent to 17,818 units.
Through the first seven months, Toyota ranked third behind GM and Chrysler. A year earlier, Ford was No. 2 and Chrysler No. 3.
GM's truck sales rose 9.8 percent in July to 16,868 units. GM's car sales edged up 1.2 percent to 16,818 units.
Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. recorded double-digit percentage sales increases in July. Hyundai-Kia Automotive's sales rose 8.6 percent to 11,553 units.