Ford claimed top spot in Canadian auto sales for the second month in a row as the number of vehicles it sold in July rose by 47.4 per cent above the same month last year.

The company said yesterday it sold 26,788 vehicles in July. Truck sales were up 59.9 per cent to 21,668 while car sales rose by 10.9 per cent to 5,120.

Total year-to-date sales for Ford in Canada are 2.3 per cent higher than at the same time last year.

“People are noticing a difference at Ford and we’ll stay focused on what matters most to consumers,” Ford of Canada president and CEO David Mondragon said in a statement.

Ford was followed by General Motors, which saw its sales fall 41.6 per cent to 19,527 from 33,418.

Toyota Canada claimed third place with sales of 19,232 vehicles in its Toyota and Lexus brands, down 12.5 per cent from July 2008.