September 4, 2012 / 2:52 PM / 5 years ago

Ford remains No. 1 in auto sales in Canada in August

(Reuters) - Ford Motor Co of Canada (F.N) said on Tuesday it remained the top-selling automaker in Canada in August and year-to-date even though its sales dipped on softness in passenger cars.

A Chrysler badge is pictured on a new car at a dealership in Vienna, Virginia April 26, 2012. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Ford said its sales slipped 1.8 percent to 25,461 in August on the back of a 29.2 percent drop in total car sales. Truck sales were up 8.1 percent.

Ford’s vehicle line-up includes the popular truck F-Series, and the Ford Escape and Ford Mustang brands.

“The Canadian industry continues to show steady growth, and at Ford we are seeing an increasing number of customers in our showrooms,” said Dianne Craig, chief executive of Ford of Canada.

Meanwhile, Chrysler said that last month’s Canadian vehicle sales were its highest for the month of August since 2000, boosted by demand for fuel-efficient passenger cars.

Sales rose 9 percent from August 2011 to 20,569, Chrysler said as it continued its two-year trend of rising vehicle sales. Chrysler produces Chrysler, Jeep, Dodge, RAM and Fiat vehicles.

Chrysler is “positioned for even further growth,” with the new fuel-efficient Dodge Dart just starting to arrive in dealerships across Canada, Dave Buckingham, Chrysler Canada’s chief operating officer, said in a statement.

Chrysler Canada is a subsidiary of Chrysler Group LLC, which was formed in 2009 in an alliance with Italy’s Fiat S.p.A FIA.MI.

Chrysler, Ford and General Motors Co (GM.N) are in talks with Canadian employees on new labor contracts. Current agreements at the three companies expire on September 17.

In the United States, U.S. auto sales continued to show a slow but steady recovery in August, as Ford and Chrysler reported sales gains that slightly outstripped analysts’ expectations.

Reporting By Nicole Mordant in Vancouver; Editing by Peter Galloway

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