TORONTO (Reuters) -- Ford Motor Co. was Canada's top auto seller in May, the company said today, as brisk demand for new trucks more than offset a decline in car sales.
Ford said Canadian sales rose 0.5 percent last month compared to a year earlier, as total vehicle sales hit 32,490 in May, up from 32,338 last year. Truck sales climbed 4.6 percent to 23,537 vehicles, while car sales fell 8.9 percent to 8,953 vehicles.
So far this year, Ford said its Canadian vehicle sales are up 5.7 percent over the same period in 2012. Truck sales are up 7.3 percent and car sales are 1.2 percent higher year-to-date.
Chrysler Group LLC's Canadian vehicle sales rose nearly 12 percent in May from a year ago, the company reported, bolstered by record sales for key models and a jump in passenger car sales.
Chrysler Canada, which said May sales ranked as one of its top 10 best months, sold 29,249 cars and trucks, up from 26,218 during the same period in 2012.
Passenger car sales rose 24.3 percent to 7,033 vehicles, with its Dodge Avenger setting record sales. The Dodge Dart also had its best month since it launched less than a year ago.
Truck sales grew 8.1 percent to 22,216 vehicles, buoyed by record sales of its Ram truck and the Chrysler Town & Country.
Year to date, total sales at Chrysler Canada have climbed 6 percent, with car sales up 16.2 percent and truck sales up 3.7 percent.
General Motors Co. said its sales for the month grew 2 percent to 23,654 vehicles.
GM said the Cadillac ATS and the Canadian-built XTS led the way.
"These two new vehicles drove Cadillac sales up more than 55 percent for the month," said Marc Comeau, GM of Canada's vice-president of sales, service and marketing. "When the new CTS joins the Cadillac portfolio later this year, Cadillac's car lineup will be all-new featuring the performance, design and technology desired by luxury drivers."
In the U.S. market, Detroit's Big Three automakers dominated strong sales for pickup trucks, which boosted May U.S. auto sales after a disappointing April.
Automotive News contributed to this report.