Sales of new light vehicles in Canada edged up 1 percent in May from a year earlier to 155,001 cars and trucks.
It was the sixth straight monthly gain but the smallest in that stretch -- slowed by weak sales by General Motors Co., Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co.
Chrysler Group's sales soared 53 percent from May 2009, when the automaker was in bankruptcy, to 20,887 vehicles. That pushed Chrysler to No. 3 among automakers in Canada from No. 6 a year earlier. All Chrysler Group brands posted higher sales.
Ford Motor Co.'s sales rose 18 percent to 26,752, as the company passed GM to become the best-selling automaker in Canada last month. GM sales fell 18 percent to 25,995, hurt by plunging or nonexistent sales at discontinued brands Pontiac, Saab, Saturn and Hummer; and lower sales at Chevrolet and Buick.
Hyundai-Kia Automotive remained No. 4, as its sales rose 13 percent to 18,351. Toyota slid to No. 5 from No. 3, down 16 percent to 17,879. Honda slipped to No. 6 from No. 5, dropping 26 percent to 11,587 vehicles.