(Reuters) Canadian auto sales in June rose 1.3 pe rcent to 171,608 vehicles, said industry consultant Desrosiers.
Ford Motor Co saw its sales fall six per cent, but it remained the top-selling automaker in Canada in June with sales of 28,703 vehicles.
Chrysler Group, majority-owned by Fiat SpA, was second, with sales of 26,054 vehicles, 11 per cent higher than a year ago. It was the 43rd consecutive month that Chrysler reported a year-over-year sales gain.
General Motors Co was third. Its sales rose eight per cent to 24,707 vehicles.
Overall, the auto industry sold more new vehicles last month than in any previous June, Desrosiers said.
In the United States, U.S.-based automakers on Tuesday reported an increase in sales of pickup trucks that outstripped the industry’s overall pace.
The same occurred in Canada last month, where U.S.-based automakers reported double-digit June sales gains for pickup trucks, while sales of sedans and other passenger cars fell five per cent.
June Canadian sales of light trucks, which includes SUVs, rose seven per cent.
Toyota Motor Corp Canadian sales in June fell four per cent, to 17,052 vehicles.
Also topping 10,000 in Canadian June sales were Hyundai Motor Co at 14,605, up 6 percent, and Honda Motor Co at 13,416, up 11 per cent.
Ford’s F-Series pickup truck sales of 11,051 were up 15 per cent from a year ago.
Chrysler’s Ram pickup truck sales rose 16 per cent to 7,176.
General Motors pickup truck sales rose 10 per cent to 9,234.