Sales of new light vehicles in Canada rose for the fifth straight month in April, climbing 4 percent from a depressed April 2009 to 149,749 cars and trucks.
Ford Motor Co. leapfrogged General Motors Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. to lead all automakers in Canada last month. Chrysler Group also passed Toyota. Ford sales jumped 24 percent to 24,063, as Ford division led all brands at 22,716, up 24 percent.
Sales at No. 2 GM tumbled 21 percent to 23,451, hurt by the winding down of Saturn, Pontiac and Hummer. Chevrolet sales slid 7 percent to 13,609, GMC's rose 41 percent to 7,040, and Buick's surged 44 percent to 1,275.
Chrysler rebounded 35 percent in April to 20,630 and the No. 3 spot. Toyota slumped 17 percent to 17,673, falling to No. 4 from No. 2 a year earlier. Toyota Division sales fell 17 percent to 16,303.
Among the other top six automakers, Hyundai-Kia Automotive rose 16 percent to 17,552, and Honda Motor Co. dipped 1 percent to 13,096.
Through April, sales in Canada this year rose 11 percent to 477,317.