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News Release: Vehicle Sales Register 19th Straight Month of Growth
August 12, 2014

News Release: Vehicle Sales Register 19th Straight Month of Growth

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MEDIA CONTACT:
Sara Panza
Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association
440.746.1500 

Vehicle Sales Register 19th Straight
Month of Growth in Northern Ohio


Cleveland, OH (August 12, 2014) –
Sales of new vehicles in Northern Ohio rose almost nine percent when comparing July of 2014 with July of 2013, kicking off the second half of the year in fine fashion, according to figures released today by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association (GCADA). The numbers are especially impressive because July of 2013 rang up an increase of more than 17 percent over July of 2012. In addition, the numbers mark the 19th straight month of sales increases when comparing one month over the same month a year prior.


“Clearly these numbers represent strong and steady growth for the retail automotive industry in Northern Ohio,” says Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. “We expected summer to be strong, but this is a pleasant surprise. It bodes well not just for auto dealers, but our local, state and national economies, which are so dependent on the automotive industry.


“Pent up consumer demand, along with more available financing, the strong return of leasing and more incentives from both dealers and manufacturers continue to drive the market.”


Franchised new vehicle dealers in Northern Ohio sold 23,939 new vehicles in July of this year, compared with 22,004 last year, an increase of 8.79 percent. For the year to date, sales are up just over seven percent over 2013.


Ford had an exceptionally good month, with sales increasing over ten percent over July of 2013. The Blue Oval sold 3,909 vehicles in July, retaining its position as the number one brand in Northern Ohio. Chevrolet was not too far behind selling 3,592 vehicles in the month, an increase of more than 12 percent over July a year ago. Honda came in third with 2,097 vehicles sold, while Toyota was the fourth best selling brand with 1,976 vehicles sold in the month.


Infiniti continued to have a break out year, ringing up an increase of almost 72 percent when comparing July of 2014 with July of 2013. Jeep also had an excellent month ringing up a sales increase of almost 50 percent.


22 Brands Up in July (‘14 v. ‘13)
The following brands posted sales increases in July of 2014 versus July of 2013: Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Lotus, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru and Volvo.


24 Brands Up Year-to-Date Through July of 2014
The following brands posted sales increases for the year-to-date: Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Dodge, Fiat, Ford, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jeep, Kia, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mazda, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Mitsubishi, Nissan, Subaru and Toyota.


New-car and truck sales in Northern Ohio
July ‘14 / July ‘13 & YTD 

 

July 14

July 13

July % Chg.

YTD
July 14

YTD
July 13

YTD
July % Chg.

ACURA

161

185

-12.97%

1026

1152

-10.94%

AUDI

189

144

31.25%

1023

871

17.45%

BMW

310

283

9.54%

1840

1667

10.38%

BUICK

610

514

18.68%

3617

3339

8.33%

CADILLAC

333

310

7.42%

2061

1956

5.37%

CHEVROLET

3592

3205

12.07%

20695

19878

4.11%

CHRYSLER

489

542

-9.78%

3029

3605

-15.98%

DODGE

1406

1215

15.72%

8000

6886

16.18%

FIAT

30

32

-6.25%

212

195

8.72%

FORD

3909

3553

10.02%

25113

24570

2.21%

FREIGHTLINER

58

47

23.40%

311

272

14.34%

GMC

850

800

6.25%

5336

4711

13.27%

HINO

7

2

250.00%

33

15

120.00%

HONDA

2097

1936

8.32%

12293

11561

6.33%

HYUNDAI

1032

1115

-7.44%

6408

6490

-1.26%

INFINITI

153

89

71.91%

963

591

62.94%

INTERNATIONAL

140

42

233.33%

484

377

28.38%

ISUZU

16

9

77.78%

76

78

-2.56%

JAGUAR

13

15

-13.33%

66

79

-16.46%

JEEP

1129

753

49.93%

7012

4523

55.03%

KENWORTH

15

28

-46.43%

120

125

-4.00%

KIA

1374

1420

-3.24%

7903

7693

2.73%

LAND ROVER

39

34

14.71%

290

212

36.79%

LEXUS

279

200

39.50%

1462

1291

13.25%

LINCOLN

189

164

15.24%

1085

847

28.10%

LOTUS

1

0

0.00%

2

2

0.00%

MACK

8

5

60.00%

37

77

-51.95%

MASERATI

13

0

0.00%

136

0

0.00%

MAZDA

520

458

13.54%

3058

2930

4.37%

MERCEDES BENZ

317

253

25.30%

1975

1679

17.63%

MINI

48

48

0.00%

208

203

2.46%

MISCELLANEOUS

15

17

-11.76%

116

98

18.37%

MITSUBISHI

137

137

0.00%

1061

789

34.47%

NISSAN

1151

990

16.26%

7204

6183

16.51%

PETERBILT

26

105

-75.24%

231

330

-30.00%

PORSCHE

60

51

17.65%

324

355

-8.73%

SMART

6

11

-45.45%

48

54

-11.11%

SUBARU

748

686

9.04%

4726

4312

9.60%

SUZUKI

0

2

-100.00%

0

30

-100.00%

TOYOTA

1976

1984

-0.40%

12120

11614

4.36%

UD

0

0

0.00%

0

4

-100.00%

VOLKSWAGEN

428

563

-23.98%

2875

3359

-14.41%

VOLVO

63

56

12.50%

336

344

-2.33%

WESTERN STAR

2

1

100.00%

20

32

-37.50%

Total Cars and Trucks

23939

22004

8.79%

144935

135379

7.06%


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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