Ford Motor Corp. took the sales crown in Canada and the United States last month, marking a milestone in the turnaround of the Detroit automaker.
While the inclination may be to assume Ford's gains in February were on the back of Toyota Motor Corp.'s troubles, said David Mondragon, Ford of Canada chief executive, it's more likely the result of momentum Ford has built over the past few years.
"I wouldn't attribute any of our uptick in sales to Toyota," he said. "I would attribute it all to the strength of our product line. The fact is that we have the freshest product line in the industry today and consumers are gravitating to the brand."