Ford Motor Co. topped General Motors in Canadian light-vehicle sales in February — the first month since at least 1991 that GM failed to finish first, according to the Automotive News Data Center.
Canadian sales in February fell 27.7 percent compared with February 2008, to 80,338. It was the fourth monthly double-digit drop.
Ford sold 12,217 vehicles, down 17.0 percent. Chrysler LLC's sales fell 27.0 percent to 12,015 units. General Motors relinquished its long-held monthly sales title on a 56.7 percent plunge to finish third among automakers with 11,417 sales.
Toyota Motor Corp.'s sales fell 25.5 percent to 10,136 for fourth place. Hyundai-Kia Automotive rose 21.4 percent to finish fifth with 9,133. The Hyundai brand rose 29.8 percent to 6,912. Hyundai Elantra sales nearly doubled, to 1,860 from 950 last year.
For the first two months of 2009, Canadian sales dropped 26.5 percent to 157,293.