TORONTO (Reuters) -- A healthy appetite for trucks and luxury cars pushed auto sales in Canada to a record high for June, according to data released on Thursday.
June auto sales also advanced at General Motors and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, the market's top seller, bolstered by healthy demand for pickup trucks.
Overall industry sales nudged 1.2 percent higher to 177,857 cars and light trucks, making it the strongest June on record. Year-to-date sales were up 2.7 percent at 933,439 vehicles.
"Ongoing gains being enjoyed by the luxury manufacturers in the Canadian market turned into a veritable feast in June," DesRosiers Automotive Consultants wrote in a note to clients.
A handful of luxury brands exceeded gains of 25 percent, the automotive research firm said. Land Rover and Acura sales both rose 28 percent, with Porsche sales 26 percent higher.
Lincoln deliveries rose 23 percent in June, marking five consecutive months of sales growth, though Ford Motor Co.'s overall volume slipped 13 percent to 26,784 on weaker car and pickup deliveries.
The strongest-performing full-line manufacturers included a 15 percent jump for GM, with sales of 24,226 vehicles; a 10 percent lift at Nissan to 11,623 vehicles, and an 11 percent gain at Toyota to 20,689 vehicles.
Fiat Chrysler's Canadian sales notched a 1 percent rise to 27,217 vehicles, as Dodge and Chrysler minivan sales rose 14 percent to 6,186 vehicles.
The company's Windsor, Ontario, minivan plant reopened in late May after it was retooled to build new models. The temporary shutdown reduced supplies of some of the company's top-selling vehicles in Canada.
Ram brand truck sales climbed 13 percent to 9,081 vehicles, while Chrysler truck sales jumped 164 percent to 1,863. Dodge truck sales fell 8 percent to 6,580 vehicles.
GM Canada said its 15 percent lift in June sales came from gains across the Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac brands.
Total sales for Cadillac and Chevrolet brands rose 13 percent, while GMC sales increased 18 percent and Buick sales jumped 29 percent, the company said.