New-vehicle sales in Canada fell 3 percent in September from a year earlier to 129,570. The decline has slowed from a double-digit pace every month in the first half of the year to single-digit drops in July, August and September.
For the first nine months of 2009, sales were off 14 percent to 1,125,826.
General Motors Co. remained the top-selling automaker in September, despite a 24 percent drop to 23,628. But Ford Motor Co. jumped in the rankings, and Honda Motor Co. fell.
Ford jumped to No. 3 from No. 5 in September 2008 as its sales climbed 23 percent to 16,631. Honda dropped to sixth from fourth a year earlier. Its sales fell 17 percent to 12,399.
Toyota Motor Corp. held on to second place. Its sales fell 9 percent to 17,569. Chrysler Group's sales slipped 7 percent to 15,857, pulling it down to No. 4 from No. 3 a year earlier.
Hyundai-Kia Automotive's sales jumped 27 percent to 13,797, moving it up from No. 6 to No. 5.