TORONTO -- Fiat Chrysler Automobiles led Canada in May sales with deliveries edging up by 119 vehicles from a year earlier to 31,617 cars and trucks, as a rise in Jeep and passenger car sales helped offset lower minivan sales.
The company's Windsor, Ontario, van plant was shut for retooling from Feb. 16 to May 25, reducing supplies of some of the Canadian unit's top-selling vehicles. Sales of the Grand Caravan slid 45 percent in May to 3,285 vehicles.
Ford Motor Co. said sales slipped 8.5 percent to 29,052 vehicles during the month with truck sales falling 9 percent. The automaker, however, was encouraged by Lincoln's gain of 27 percent.
“We are consistently seeing strong Lincoln luxury brand sales,” said Ford of Canada President said Dianne Craig said in a statement. “The Lincoln MKC, launched last year, continues its momentum as we gear up to introduce the all-new Canadian-built MKX to dealerships later this year.”
General Motors said May sales grew 4 percent to 27,462 vehicles led by a 19 percent gain at GMC and a 16 percent boost for Buick's crossover vehicles.
John Roth, vice president, sales, service and marketing for GM Canada said in a statement: “Chevrolet had a very strong month of May with car sales up 14 percent and truck sales up 6 percent versus the year before. Chevrolet Corvette sales were up over 200 percent in May, its best sales month in Canada since 1980."
Honda Canada sales fell 3 percent to 17,949 vehicles. The company said sales were hurt by an "extremely short supply" of its Fit subcompact.
Reuters and Philip Nussel contributed to this report.