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News Release: New Vehicle Sales Register Third Straight Positive Start to Automotive Sales Year
February 10, 2015

News Release: New Vehicle Sales Register Third Straight Positive Start to Automotive Sales Year

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

New Vehicle Sales Register Third Straight
Positive Start to Automotive Sales Year

 

Cleveland, OH (February 10, 2014) –  New car and light truck dealers across Northern Ohio sold a total of 19,174 vehicles in January, an increase of 121 vehicles ahead of January of 2014’s total of 19,053 vehicles sold, according to figures released today by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association (GCADA). The positive numbers, while essentially flat with January of 2014’s numbers, marked the third straight January that auto dealers started off the year on a positive note.

 

January of 2013 registered a sales increase of 14.9 percent over January of 2012, while January of 2014 registered an increase of 3.24 percent over January of 2013.

 

“While our numbers were essentially flat with January of last year, it’s still nice to start off the year on a positive note,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. “As an industry, we are starting to come up against some very strong numbers. However, we are still predicting strong growth this year. Fuel prices have accelerated the sale of trucks for the beginning of 2015.

 

“In addition, we also expect a strong jump start from the upcoming Cleveland Auto Show, which always has a positive impact on the Northern Ohio automotive market.”

 

The Cleveland Auto Show opens its doors to the public on Saturday, March 7 at the I-X Center in Cleveland.

 

Sales of trucks and SUVs grew by more than six percent when comparing January of this year with January of 2014. Franchised new vehicle dealers sold a total of 6,074 trucks in January of 2015 compared with 5,696 sold in January of last year, an increase of 6.64 percent.

 

Chevrolet continued to close the gap on the number one selling brand in Northern Ohio. Ford sold 3,149 vehicles in January compared to 2,790 vehicles sold in the month by Chevrolet. Third place Honda and its offshore rival Toyota continued the fight for market share, the former selling 30 more vehicles than Toyota in the month. Mini had exceptional month, with the rally brand ringing up a sales increase of more than 221 percent when comparing January of this year with January of last. Audi, BMW, Dodge, Fiat, GMC, Lincoln, Nissan, Porsche and Subaru all registered very healthy double digit gains in the month.

 

16 Brands Up in January (‘15 v. ‘14)

The following brands posted sales increases in January of 2015 versus January of 2014: Acura, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, Chrysler, Dodge, Fiat, GMC, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Lincoln, Mini, Nissan, Porsche and Subaru.

 

New-car and truck sales in Northern Ohio
Jan ‘15 / Jan ‘14 & YTD

 

Jan 15

Jan 14

Jan

% Chg.

YTD

Jan 15

YTD

Jan 14

YTD

Jan % Chg.

ACURA

168

147

14.29%

168

147

14.29%

AUDI

159

120

32.50%

159

120

32.50%

BMW

367

269

36.43%

367

269

36.43%

BUICK

411

430

-4.42%

411

430

-4.42%

CADILLAC

233

331

-29.61%

233

331

-29.61%

CHEVROLET

2790

2612

6.81%

2790

2612

6.81%

CHRYSLER

414

394

5.08%

414

394

5.08%

DODGE

993

838

18.50%

993

838

18.50%

FIAT

15

11

36.36%

15

11

36.36%

FORD

3149

3398

-7.33%

3149

3398

-7.33%

FREIGHTLINER

28

40

-30.00%

28

40

-30.00%

GMC

890

717

24.13%

890

717

24.13%

HINO

8

4

100.00%

8

4

100.00%

HONDA

1537

1603

-4.12%

1537

1603

-4.12%

HYUNDAI

781

863

-9.50%

781

863

-9.50%

INFINITI

166

158

5.06%

166

158

5.06%

INTERNATIONAL

68

53

28.30%

68

53

28.30%

ISUZU

22

19

15.79%

22

19

15.79%

JAGUAR

12

11

9.09%

12

11

9.09%

JEEP

960

956

0.42%

960

956

0.42%

KENWORTH

33

12

175.00%

33

12

175.00%

KIA

817

984

-16.97%

817

984

-16.97%

LAND ROVER

43

64

-32.81%

43

64

-32.81%

LEXUS

212

237

-10.55%

212

237

-10.55%

LINCOLN

223

150

48.67%

223

150

48.67%

LOTUS

0

0

0.00%

0

0

0.00%

MACK

27

3

800.00%

27

3

800.00%

MASERATI

4

17

-76.47%

4

17

-76.47%

MAZDA

340

362

-6.08%

340

362

-6.08%

MERCEDES BENZ

328

375

-12.53%

328

375

-12.53%

MINI

45

14

221.43%

45

14

221.43%

MISCELLANEOUS

13

19

-31.58%

13

19

-31.58%

MITSUBISHI

99

145

-31.72%

99

145

-31.72%

NISSAN

1071

851

25.85%

1071

851

25.85%

PETERBILT

30

31

-3.23%

30

31

-3.23%

PORSCHE

55

42

30.95%

55

42

30.95%

SMART

5

7

-28.57%

5

7

-28.57%

SUBARU

731

630

16.03%

731

630

16.03%

TOYOTA

1507

1637

-7.94%

1507

1637

-7.94%

UD

0

0

0.00%

0

0

0.00%

VOLKSWAGEN

364

435

-16.32%

364

435

-16.32%

VOLVO

50

61

-18.03%

50

61

-18.03%

WESTERN STAR

6

3

100.00%

6

3

100.00%

Total Cars and Trucks

19,174

19,053

0.64%

19,174

19,053

0.64%

 

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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