October 3, 2017 / 3:55 PM / a year ago

Canada's September auto sales up 7.7 percent

(Reuters) - Canadian auto sales rose 7.7 percent in September, driven by strong demand for trucks, which made up for nearly 70 percent of total sales in the country.

FILE PHOTO: The General Motors CAMI car assembly plant sits behind rows of new GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox, in Ingersoll, Ontario, Canada, January 27, 2017. REUTERS/Geoff Robins/File Photo

About 186,837 vehicles were sold in the month, bringing the total number of units sold to 1.59 million so far this year, according to a report published by Global Automakers of Canada.

“It was not that many years ago when 1.59 million in sales represented a good year for total annual sales, let alone sales through the end of the third quarter,” said David Adams, president of GAC.

General Motors Co said its vehicle sales rose 7 percent to 27,237 vehicles in the month, while Ford reported a 2.4 percent rise to 30,899 units. (bit.ly/2khprR7)

However, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles,, maker of Dodge and Chrysler vehicles, reported a 6 percent drop in Canada sales for the month.

Reporting by Ahmed Farhatha in Bengaluru; Editing by Arun Koyyur

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