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Local New Car and Light Truck Sales Jump 18% in 2011 Over 2010
January 10, 2012

Local New Car and Light Truck Sales Jump 18% in 2011 Over 2010

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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Sara Panza

Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association

440.746.1500

Local New Car and Light Truck Sales Jump 18% in 2011 Over 2010

Cleveland, OH (January 10, 2012) The Northern Ohio retail automotive industry sold a total 201,697 vehicles in 2011, an increase of 18.56% over 2010, according to figures released today by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association (GCADA). Sales of new cars and light trucks grew by only 10.2% nationwide, according to figures from the National Automobile Dealers Association. Nationwide, franchised new car dealers sold 12.7 million units in 2011.

When comparing December of 2011 against the same month a year prior, local sales were up 14.87% for the month. Local franchised new car and light truck dealers sold a total of 15,940 vehicles in December of 2011 versus 13,876 the same month a year prior.

“Northern Ohio and the Greater Cleveland area outpaced the rest of the nation in terms of our sales growth this year,” says Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. “As the economy continues to turn around, we expect to see strong continued growth. There is still a lot of pent up demand in the market, and a lot of aging vehicles on the road that need to be replaced. In addition, credit is becoming more affordable, leasing is coming back strong and manufacturers are coming up with very aggressive incentives.”

Additionally, the spring automotive selling season will kick off next month when the Cleveland Auto Show opens its doors at the I-X Center on Saturday, February 25. The show runs through Sunday, March 4.

“We typically see a strong boost in sales right around the Auto Show,” Vitantonio adds. “That should give us a nice bump to start 2012 off in the right way.”

A total of 21 brands posted sales increases for the month when comparing December 2011 with December 2010. For the year, 27 brands have posted sales increases over 2010.

Ford continued to lead the industry with 3,056 vehicles sold in December, an increase of more than 27.5% percent over December of 2010. Chevrolet came in second at 2,199 units, while Toyota came in third with 1,259 units sold in the month.

21 Brands Up in December (‘11 v. ‘10)

The following 21 brands posted sales increases in December 2011 versus December 2010: Audi, BMW, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, Hyundai, Jaguar, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Volvo and Volkswagen.

27 Brands Up Year for the Year

The following 27 brand posted sales increases for the year versus 2010: Acura, Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Porsche, Saab, Subaru, Suzuki, Volkswagen and Volvo.

New-car and truck sales in Northern Ohio

December ‘11 / December ’10 & YTD 

 

December 11

December 10

December % Chg.

YTD December 11

YTD December 10

YTD December % Chg.

ACURA

120

149

-19.46%

1646

1615

1.92%

AUDI

145

95

52.63%

1307

1245

4.98%

BMW

278

188

47.87%

2426

2036

19.16%

BUICK

294

300

-2.00%

4673

3339

39.95%

CADILLAC

282

244

15.57%

3408

2302

48.05%

CHEVROLET

2199

1954

12.54%

30704

22999

33.50%

CHRYSLER

383

232

65.09%

4574

2846

60.72%

DODGE

645

501

28.74%

8337

5382

54.91%

FIAT

17

0

0.00%

239

0

0.00%

FORD

3056

2396

27.55%

36073

30080

19.92%

FREIGHTLINER

36

23

56.52%

444

209

112.44%

GMC

491

516

-4.84%

6430

4400

46.14%

HINO

3

2

50.00%

29

31

-6.45%

HONDA

1136

1355

-16.16%

17197

17304

-0.62%

HYUNDAI

723

633

14.22%

10321

8800

17.28%

INFINITI

92

112

-17.86%

1173

976

20.18%

INTERNATIONAL

115

48

139.58%

680

377

80.37%

ISUZU

8

6

33.33%

67

56

19.64%

JAGUAR

5

4

25.00%

74

90

-17.78%

JEEP

791

463

70.84%

6948

4722

47.14%

KENWORTH

13

7

85.71%

132

60

120.00%

KIA

1016

636

59.75%

13199

8760

50.67%

LAND ROVER

28

31

-9.68%

300

285

5.26%

LEXUS

212

198

7.07%

2022

2490

-18.80%

LINCOLN

149

160

-6.88%

1789

1607

11.33%

LOTUS

0

0

0.00%

7

9

-22.22%

MACK

16

6

166.67%

154

76

102.63%

MAZDA

282

272

3.68%

4173

4715

-11.50%

MERCEDES BENZ

384

216

77.78%

2985

2409

23.91%

MERCURY

0

60

-100.00%

30

2335

-98.72%

MINI

27

14

92.86%

397

334

18.86%

MISCELLANEOUS

10

10

0.00%

80

90

-11.11%

MITSUBISHI

104

92

13.04%

1591

1202

32.36%

NISSAN

747

746

0.13%

10789

8514

26.72%

PETERBILT

32

7

357.14%

201

147

36.73%

PONTIAC

0

0

0.00%

4

141

-97.16%

PORSCHE

38

31

22.58%

416

317

31.23%

SAAB

9

32

-71.88%

323

232

39.22%

SATURN

0

0

0.00%

3

166

-98.19%

SMART

2

4

-50.00%

56

59

-5.08%

STERLING

3

0

0.00%

3

17

-82.35%

SUBARU

395

455

-13.19%

5174

4801

7.77%

SUZUKI

9

15

-40.00%

147

143

2.80%

TOYOTA

1259

1382

-8.90%

16408

18601

-11.79%

UD

0

0

0.00%

2

7

-71.43%

VOLKSWAGEN

349

246

41.87%

4006

3343

19.83%

VOLVO

37

34

8.82%

546

441

23.81%

WESTERN STAR

0

1

-100.00%

10

14

-28.57%

Total Cars & Trucks

15940

13876

14.87%

201697

170124

18.56%

 

Retail sales figures are based on vehicle registration reports from the Ohio Bureau of Motor Vehicles.  Vehicle sales data includes the counties of: Ashland, Ashtabula, Carroll, Columbiana, Coshocton, Cuyahoga, Erie, Geauga, Holmes, Huron, Lake, Lorain, Mahoning, Medina, Portage, Richland, Stark, Summit, Trumbull, Tuscarawas and Wayne.

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