Canadian light-vehicle sales fell 25.3 percent in January to 76,894 units, dragged down by a 35.3 percent drop by the Detroit 3. It was the third straight month of a double-digit decline from the year-earlier period.
General Motors led all automakers in January sales with 14,147 but also had the largest monthly sales tumble at 46.6 percent. Chrysler LLC finished second; its sales fell 33.5 percent to 11,259.
Ford Motor Co. came in third with January sales of 11,187, a 16.8 percent slide. Ford's year-earlier total included sales from Jaguar and Land Rover, which Ford sold in June. Toyota Motor Corp., Canada's No. 2 automaker in 2008, sold 10,269, a 2.7 percent slip.
Honda Motor Co. suffered the second-largest sales drop among major automakers, plunging 37.1 percent to 7,559.
Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group posted a 13.2 percent increase to 6,432.
Sales of Hyundai brand cars rose 41.4 percent — led by Accent sales, which jumped 52.1 percent to 1,465. Sonata and Elantra sales also rose. Kia brand sales edged up 0.9 percent, again paced by cars. But on the truck side, Hyundai's sales dropped 8.1 percent and Kia's fell 16.1 percent.
Other brands that posted sales gains in January: Maserati, Mercedes-Benz, Mercury, Mitsubishi, Suzuki and Toyota.
Ford edged out Toyota as the most popular brand with a 13.9 percent market share, compared with Toyota's 12.6 percent.