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News Release: New Vehicle Sales End Year on a High Note
January 08, 2015

News Release: New Vehicle Sales End Year on a High Note

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

New Vehicle Sales End Year on a High Note


Cleveland, OH (January 8, 2015)
– Franchised new car and truck dealers across Northern Ohio sold 19,303 vehicles in the month of December, an increase of almost 16 percent over the same month a year prior, according to figures released today by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association (GCADA). For 2014, sales of cars and light trucks were up almost seven percent over 2013.


“Low interest rates and favorable gas prices are driving sales and giving consumers a reason to visit showrooms and buy,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. “Truck sales in December were very strong, rounding out 2014 with double digit growth for the year. We anticipate sales in 2015 will be very positive as we eclipse the record sales seen in 2006.”


The 19,303 vehicles sold in December of this year was a gain over December of 2013’s total of 16,648, an increase of 15.95 percent. In 2014 franchised new vehicle dealers sold 245,053 vehicles over the 229,534 sold in 2013, an increase of 6.76 percent. Light truck and SUV sales in December of 2014 were up 26.51 percent over the same month a year prior, while new car sales increased 11.4 percent over the same period.


Used vehicles were also strong with sales rising 4.21 percent for the year and 12.95 percent for the month.


The margin between Ford and Chevrolet grew smaller, with Ford selling 3,028 vehicles in the month compared to 2,719 sold for the Bow-Tie brand. However, Chevrolet sales increased more than 26 percent when comparing December of 2014 with December of 2013, while Ford’s sales increased by 7.49 percent. Honda and Toyota both had a good month, with both brands ringing up a sales increase of over ten percent for the month. Honda stayed slightly ahead of its rival, selling 1,588 in December, just 128 more vehicles than Toyota.


Chrysler finished out the year incredibly strong, registering a sales increase of more than 83 percent in the month. The strong December follows a healthy November, when Chrysler’s sales increased more than 17 percent over November of 2013.


Many brands in Northern Ohio saw double-digit increases in sales for the year, including: Audi (19.91 percent), Dodge (16.05 percent), GMC (13.47 percent), Infiniti (30.38 percent), Jeep (48.53 percent), Land Rover (22.10 percent), Lexus (10.08 percent), Lincoln (25.24 percent), Mini (11.2 percent), Mitsubishi (20.76 percent), Nissan (14.44 percent) and Subaru (17.31 percent).


21 Brands Up in December (‘14 v. ‘13)
The following brands posted sales increases in December of 2014 versus December of 2013: Audi, Buick, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Ford, GMC, Honda, Jeep, Kia, Lexus, Lincoln, Maserati, Mazda, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru, Toyota, Volkswagen and Volvo.


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

 

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

 

December 14

December 13

December
% Chg.

YTD
December 14

YTD
December 13

YTD
December % Chg.

ACURA

135

163

-17.18%

1821

1963

-7.23%

AUDI

136

107

27.10%

1771

1477

19.91%

BMW

292

318

-8.18%

3145

2932

7.26%

BUICK

523

368

42.12%

6077

5800

4.78%

CADILLAC

228

324

-29.63%

3494

3720

-6.08%

CHEVROLET

2719

2152

26.35%

34068

32679

4.25%

CHRYSLER

442

241

83.40%

5193

5459

-4.87%

DODGE

985

777

26.77%

13147

11329

16.05%

FIAT

17

25

-32.00%

336

349

-3.72%

FORD

3028

2817

7.49%

41432

40960

1.15%

FREIGHTLINER

40

55

-27.27%

608

522

16.48%

GMC

895

693

29.15%

9154

8067

13.47%

HINO

12

7

71.43%

72

42

71.43%

HONDA

1588

1441

10.20%

21391

19977

7.08%

HYUNDAI

760

808

-5.94%

10464

10835

-3.42%

INFINITI

131

206

-36.41%

1605

1231

30.38%

INTERNATIONAL

84

20

320.00%

764

716

6.70%

ISUZU

10

12

-16.67%

139

159

-12.58%

JAGUAR

8

9

-11.11%

107

129

-17.05%

JEEP

1039

838

23.99%

12356

8319

48.53%

KENWORTH

21

16

31.25%

290

218

33.03%

KIA

936

738

26.83%

13352

12959

3.03%

LAND ROVER

35

36

-2.78%

453

371

22.10%

LEXUS

222

197

12.69%

2511

2281

10.08%

LINCOLN

173

127

36.22%

1965

1569

25.24%

LOTUS

0

0

0.00%

3

4

-25.00%

MACK

9

8

12.50%

85

131

-35.11%

MASERATI

7

0

0.00%

181

0

0.00%

MAZDA

360

324

11.11%

5003

4796

4.32%

MERCEDES BENZ

393

365

7.67%

3545

3234

9.62%

MINI

55

26

111.54%

407

366

11.20%

MISCELLANEOUS

27

50

-46.00%

204

245

-16.73%

MITSUBISHI

123

151

-18.54%

1681

1392

20.76%

NISSAN

986

812

21.43%

12396

10832

14.44%

PETERBILT

45

23

95.65%

440

503

-12.52%

PORSCHE

52

30

73.33%

566

535

5.79%

SMART

6

7

-14.29%

75

89

-15.73%

SUBARU

837

579

44.56%

8763

7470

17.31%

SUZUKI

0

0

0.00%

0

30

-100.00%

TOYOTA

1460

1320

10.61%

20416

19698

3.65%

UD

0

0

0.00%

0

5

-100.00%

VOLKSWAGEN

408

403

1.24%

4937

5474

-9.81%

VOLVO

75

52

44.23%

604

622

-2.89%

WESTERN STAR

1

3

-66.67%

32

45

-28.89%

Total Cars and Trucks

19,303

16,648

15.95%

245,053

229,534

6.76%

  

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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