UPDATE 1-Ford tops Canadian auto sales in August

Wed Sep 4, 2013 5:42pm EDT
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* Automakers post strongest Canada August auto sales ever

* Ford sales rise 7.1 percent year over year

* Chrysler up 6.6 percent, GM up 0.1 percent

By Solarina Ho

TORONTO, Sept 4 (Reuters) - Canadian auto sales recorded their best August ever, industry data released on Wednesday showed, with Ford Motor Co outselling Chrysler Group and General Motors Co, and Japan's largest automakers making double-digit gains.

Automakers sold 149,301 vehicles in Canada last month, a 6.5 percent rise compared with a year ago, according to DesRosiers Automotive Consultants.

Ford Canada sold the most cars in August, with sales rising 7.1 percent year over year. The Detroit automaker sold 27,268 cars and trucks in August, higher than the 25,461 it sold last August. Sales were up 1.8 percent so far this year.

The automaker sold 40.4 percent more cars last month at 6,856 vehicles. Its Ford Fiesta and Fusion models saw sales soar 84 percent and 57 percent, respectively. Truck sales fell 0.8 percent, to 20,412.

Chrysler Canada was a distant second, but still reported its best August in 13 years and its best sales year-to-date in 25 years, bolstered in part by robust passenger car sales.   Continued...