DETROIT (Reuters) -- Canadian sales rose for the three Detroit automakers, led by strong sales for pickup trucks.
Ford Motor Co. was the top-seller in Canada in April as sales rose 16 percent to 27,907 vehicles.
Chrysler Group LLC was second, at 25,745 vehicles, up 5 percent, barely edging out General Motors Co. at 25,071 vehicles, up 19 percent.
Total light vehicle sales in Canada rose 9 percent in April from a year earlier, an industry analyst told Bloomberg. Sales gained to 171,807 units, DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. said in an e-mailed report today.
Ford, Chrysler and GM are the top three automakers in Canada by sales.
Ford reported gains of 53 percent for its F-150 pickup truck, and a rise of 38 percent for the F-Series lineup of pickups.
Chrysler said sales of its Ram pickup trucks were nearly a third of its overall sales at 8,020, up 31 percent.
For GM, large pickup trucks gained 15 percent, and accounted for more than a third of the company's Canadian sales.
The trend in Canada for strong pickup truck sales matched that of the U.S. market for April. In the U.S. market, boosted by strong pickup truck and sport-utility sales, the three Detroit automakers each showed double-digit sales gains in April.
Sales in Canada for the three big Japanese automakers were near or above industrywide results, but South Korean and several German automakers saw a slide.
Toyota Motor Corp. sales rose 7 percent to 20,089 vehicles, Honda Motor Co. sales rose 20 percent to 15,343 vehicles, and Nissan Motor Co. gained 17 percent to 8,078 vehicles.
Hyundai Motor Co., down 6 percent at 13,517 vehicles, and its corporate sister Kia Motors Corp., down 5 percent at 7,581 vehicles, have lost a half point of Canadian market share so far this year, DesRosiers said.
Germany's Volkswagen AG saw an 11 percent rise in sales to 6,248 vehicles while luxury brands BMW, up 1 percent, and Daimler's Mercedes-Benz, down 14 percent, were market laggards.
Bloomberg contributed to this report.