Canadian light-vehicle sales in August fell 7.2 percent from a year ago to 147,061. For the first eight months, sales rose 1.5 percent from the same period last year to 1,180,751.
For the Detroit 3, August car sales dropped nearly one-quarter from a year ago to 22,748, while light-truck sales fell 12.7 percent to 45,260. The Detroit 3 totals do not include import-brand sales.
For the first eight months, car sales from Asian automakers saw double-digit increases from the same period in 2007, and Detroit 3 car sales dropped 3.9 percent from the first eight months of 2007.
In August, car sales fell 4.2 percent from a year ago to 80,294. For the first eight months, car sales rose 6.5 percent from the 2007 period to 654,561. Light-truck sales fell 10.5 percent from August 2007 to 66,767, contributing to a 4.2 percent decline so far in 2008.
In August, General Motors was the top-selling carmaker even though its sales fell 17.1 percent to 31,913.