August light-vehicle sales in Canada edged up 1 percent over August 2009, to 136,166 units. Rising light-truck sales offset falling car sales just enough to keep alive a string of year-over-year increases that began in December.
Each of the top five automakers posted higher sales. But Toyota Motor Corp.'s sales tumbled 29 percent to 12,862 units, dropping it to No. 6 in the rankings, from No. 3 a year earlier.
Ford Motor Co. led all automakers with sales of 24,029, up 6 percent. General Motors Co. was No. 2 with sales of 23,536, up 2 percent. Hyundai-Kia Automotive Group's sales rose 12 percent to 16,833. Chrysler Group also reported a 12 percent sales gain, to 16,144. Honda Motor Co.'s sales rose 6 percent to 12,914.
Car sales fell 10 percent to 62,122. Light-truck sales rose 12 percent to 74,044.
Through August, Canada's 2010 sales rose 8 percent to 1,072,125.