Canada's new motor vehicle sales in April rose 1.6% from March, with the increase reflecting gains in both passenger cars and trucks, Dow Jones reported, citing Statistics Canada.

Sales were a seasonally adjusted 139,003 in April, up from a revised 136,799 in March, and up 2.1% from 136,145 a year earlier.

Based on preliminary numbers from the automobile industry, sales in May are estimated to have declined by about 6% from April, the agency reportedly said.

Sales of passenger cars were up 1.5% and sales of trucks rose 1.7%.

Sales of cars imported from overseas totaled 21,517, up 0.5% from 21,404 previously, Dow Jones said.