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September auto sales fall, but Chrysler up

Tags: Autos

Canadian sales for Ford Motor Co (F-N), General Motors (GM-N), and Honda all dropped last month, but Chrysler Canada posted its best September in a decade.

Chrysler continued this year's strong performance, selling 19,255 vehicles in the month, 19 percent more than last year. Sales of its Ram pickup rose 35 percent to 6,047.

GM Canada said its overall sales fell 6.1 percent from last September to 16,799 vehicles. The company did not specify in which models sales declined.

Ford was once again the country's top seller, even though its combined car and truck sales fell 3 percent from the same month last year to 25,656. Ford's car sales rose 14.4 percent to 5,667, while truck sales fell 7 percent to 19,989.

"We were up against an unusually strong September last year. The fact that our car sales continue to improve shows that our investment in smaller, more fuel-efficient vehicles is paying off," Ford Canada Chief Executive David Mondragon said in a release.

Sales at Honda Canada dropped as a shortage of components for its new Civic dogged the unit of the Japanese-based automaker. The shortage began as a result of the devastating earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan in March.

Honda sales were down 19 percent at 11,109.

The company said it returned to full production of most of its vehicles about a month ago, but the Civic, its top seller, is just returning to normal production. CTV Two CTV News CTV News Channel BNN - Business News Network CP24