UPDATE 2-Detroit carmakers lead Canadian sales, Toyota not far behind

Mon Jun 3, 2013 6:00pm EDT
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By Solarina Ho

TORONTO, June 3 (Reuters) - Canadian auto sales rose 5.3 percent in May, marking a slowdown from April, but far outpacing the lackluster 2.4 percent year-to-date growth, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc.

Across Canada, 185,040 vehicles were sold last month, just shy of the record set in May 2007 when 185,471 cars and trucks were sold, according to the independent auto analyst who compiles auto sales data.

Ford Motor Co was Canada's top auto seller as brisk demand for new trucks more than offset a decline in car sales.

Chrysler Group LLC and General Motors rounded out the top three sellers in Canada, with all three Detroit automakers performing better than the prior year. Toyota Motor Corp was not far behind, notching its best monthly Canadian sales since August 2008.

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.   Continued...