New-vehicle sales in Canada in July fell 6.9 percent from a year earlier to 140,002 units. Sales for the first seven months fell 16.7 percent to 861,614.
Ford Motor Co. trounced General Motors in July. Ford's July sales jumped 42.3 percent to 27,356, while GM's tumbled 41.9 percent to 19,565. It was the third month this year that Ford topped GM. GM still leads Ford for the first seven months of the year, 153,314 to 138,587.
Ford's surge came despite the near-evaporation of Mercury-brand sales. Mercury's July sales collapsed 81.1 percent to tie with Maserati at 14 units.
Ford-brand sales soared 49.8 percent while Lincoln's rose 0.3 percent.
GM barely topped No. 3 Toyota Motor Corp. Toyota's sales slid 12.5 percent to 19,232.
Among other carmakers in July, No. 4 Chrysler Group fell 10.4 percent to 15,958, and No. 5 Hyundai-Kia Automotive surged 35.0 percent to 15,598. Honda Motor Co. rounded out the top six, falling 18.8 percent to 12,984.