Unexpected complications from surgery in Zurich.
Cars and light trucks totalled 123,032 last month, up 3.2% from last year.
The worst performers were Infiniti, Cadillac, Ram, Jeep and Fiat among 28 brands.
Fiat was the worst performing brand, with 273 problems per 100 vehicles.
Part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles’ renaming of its mass-market brands.
Contract talks open with Fiat Chrysler, Ford and General Motors this summer.
Automakers sold 154,949 cars and trucks last month, a 6.5% increase from October 2013.
Media report suggested VW was interested in acquiring Chrysler to improve its struggling footing in the US.
The month was a generally positive one for most Canadian automakers.
The company wants to grow sales 60% to more than 7 million cars and trucks by 2018.
New model, expected in showrooms by early 2014, will replace the aging Chrysler 200.
Ford sells nearly 194,000 vehicles in the US, led by the F-Series pickup.
Vehicle safety agency found that the Jeeps’ fuel tanks can fail when hit from the rear.
Fatter profit margins for SUVs are a financial lifeline to a Chinese industry squeezed by global brands making inroads into its market.
Company attributes decline to the end of production of the Jeep Liberty SUV at a factory in Ohio.