Ford Motor Co. boosted Canadian sales 50 percent in February, vaulting it ahead of General Motors Co. and Chrysler Group so far this year.
Overall Canadian sales jumped 25 percent in February to 100,344 light vehicles.
Every major automaker except Nissan Motor Co. posted double-digit gains, but Ford did best among the top players.
Ford's surge propelled it past GM into the sales lead for the first two months this year, with a 16.6 percent market share.
At the end of 2008, Ford was No. 4 in Canada, behind GM, Chrysler and Toyota. But as GM and Chrysler declared bankruptcy in the United States and Toyota languished, Ford moved up to No. 2 at the end of 2009.
Through the first two months of this year, Ford Motor sales are up 29 percent to 30,257 vehicles.
Pickup trucks have led the way for Ford. Sales of full-sized F-series trucks rose 35 percent to 11,084, while sales of the smaller Ranger climbed 44 percent.
On the car side, the redesigned Ford Fusion sedan gained 57 percent to 1,886 units, while Taurus volume more than doubled to 572.