New-vehicle sales in Canada fell 16.5 percent in May to 154,118 units, as sales by Chrysler LLC tumbled to half their year-earlier level.
The drop pulled Canada's sales in the first five months down 19.5 percent to 583,049.
In May, General Motors, Ford Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. remained 1-2-3 in Canadian sales. But Chrysler tumbled from its No. 4 spot in May 2008 to No. 6, while Hyundai-Kia Automotive leapfrogged No. 5 Honda Motor Co. to grab the No. 4 spot.
Chrysler collapsed across the board. Sales of Chrysler brand vehicles plunged 60.9 percent to 1,443 in May, while those of Dodge brand vehicles skidded 44.1 percent to 9,885. Jeep sales plummeted 60.8 percent to 2,329. That left Chrysler's companywide sales off 50.0 percent to 13,657.
GM's May sales fell 12.4 percent to 31,611. Ford's slipped 8.3 percent to 22,646.
Toyota fell 25.2 percent to 21,316. Honda slid 17.3 percent to 15,624.
In contrast, Hyundai-Kia's sales jumped 20.1 percent to 16,236. Both divisions posted gains. Kia brand sales led the way with a 25.5 percent gain to 5,032. Hyundai brand sales climbed 17.8 percent to 11,204.