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News Release: Double-Digit Truck Sales Keep Market Level with Last Year
April 09, 2015

News Release: Double-Digit Truck Sales Keep Market Level with Last Year

NEWS RELEASE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

Double-Digit Truck Sales Keep
Market Level with Last Year

 

Cleveland, OH (April 9, 2015) –  Strong sales of trucks and SUVs helped keep new vehicle sales in line with last year’s impressive total for March, according to figures released today by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association (GCADA). Franchised new vehicle dealers in Northern Ohio sold 21,048 cars and trucks in March, a decline of less than half a percent over March of 2014. For the year to date, sales of new cars and trucks are up .38 percent, essentially flat with last year. However, sales of trucks rose 12.83 percent when comparing March of this year with March of 2014. Truck sales are also up 10.46 percent for the year to date.

 

“Improved fuel economy on new models and lower fuel prices are driving the market for trucks and SUVs,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. “While year over year sales of cars have slowed, we’re still optimistic for continued growth in 2015. We are also coming up against some pretty impressive totals from last year.”

 

March is always one of the strongest months for new vehicle sales in Northern Ohio, the figure of 21,048 new cars and trucks sold in the month easily topping February’s total of 13,791. Used vehicle sales also grew in March of 2015 over March of 2014 by 2.93 percent.

 

Ford maintained its position as Northern Ohio’s number one selling brand, ringing up sales of 3,781 vehicles in the month, an increase of 1.26 percent when comparing March of 2015 versus the same month a year ago. Chevrolet was a strong second, selling 3,205 vehicles in the month. When it came to truck sales, both brands registered increases north of 21 percent last month over March of 2014.

 

Honda edged out Toyota for third place, selling 1,587 cars and trucks in the month, just two more than its rival. Audi, GMC, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mini, Porsche, Subaru and Volvo all registered strong double-digit or greater gains in the month.

 

17 Brands Up in March (‘15 v. ‘14)

The following brands posted sales increases in March of 2015 versus March of 2014: Audi, Ford, GMC, Honda, Hyundai, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lexus, Lincoln, Mercedes-Benz, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru and Volvo.

 

16 Brands Up Year-To-Date (’15 v. ’14)

The following brands have posted sales increases year-to-date through March of 2014: Acura, Audi, BMW, Chevrolet, GMC, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Lexus, Lincoln, Mini, Nissan, Porsche, Subaru and Volvo.

 

 

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

 

 

Mar 15

Mar 14

Mar

% Chg.

YTD

Mar 15

YTD

Mar 14

YTD

Mar % Chg.

ACURA

146

162

-9.88%

428

402

6.47%

AUDI

136

107

27.10%

389

313

24.28%

BMW

229

237

-3.38%

762

644

18.32%

BUICK

474

551

-13.97%

1134

1303

-12.97%

CADILLAC

172

281

-38.79%

523

816

-35.91%

CHEVROLET

3205

3290

-2.58%

7906

7853

0.67%

CHRYSLER

463

593

-21.92%

1198

1300

-7.85%

DODGE

1008

1236

-18.45%

2745

2774

-1.05%

FIAT

13

33

-60.61%

37

69

-46.38%

FORD

3781

3734

1.26%

9338

9672

-3.45%

FREIGHTLINER

53

48

10.42%

139

124

12.10%

GMC

1034

897

15.27%

2571

2147

19.75%

HINO

2

2

0.00%

19

8

137.50%

HONDA

1587

1524

4.13%

4259

4138

2.92%

HYUNDAI

916

868

5.53%

2210

2278

-2.99%

INFINITI

135

126

7.14%

373

365

2.19%

INTERNATIONAL

93

53

75.47%

231

225

2.67%

ISUZU

13

4

225.00%

43

35

22.86%

JAGUAR

10

3

233.33%

32

21

52.38%

JEEP

1184

1016

16.54%

2993

2710

10.44%

KENWORTH

37

29

27.59%

100

51

96.08%

KIA

964

1103

-12.60%

2441

2695

-9.42%

LAND ROVER

43

28

53.57%

116

129

-10.08%

LEXUS

180

155

16.13%

528

473

11.63%

LINCOLN

195

144

35.42%

511

392

30.36%

LOTUS

0

0

0.00%

0

0

0.00%

MACK

20

3

566.67%

52

7

642.86%

MASERATI

2

21

-90.48%

7

46

-84.78%

MAZDA

446

471

-5.31%

1042

1098

-5.10%

MERCEDES BENZ

250

241

3.73%

720

790

-8.86%

MINI

39

27

44.44%

112

60

86.67%

MISCELLANEOUS

19

20

-5.00%

46

47

-2.13%

MITSUBISHI

128

167

-23.35%

311

417

-25.42%

NISSAN

1228

1186

3.54%

3093

2903

6.54%

PETERBILT

10

12

-16.67%

50

90

-44.44%

PORSCHE

44

38

15.79%

130

107

21.50%

SMART

4

10

-60.00%

13

22

-40.91%

SUBARU

797

663

20.21%

2162

1792

20.65%

TOYOTA

1585

1683

-5.82%

4156

4285

-3.01%

UD

0

0

0.00%

0

0

0.00%

VOLKSWAGEN

332

351

-5.41%

938

1091

-14.02%

VOLVO

63

30

110.00%

139

113

23.01%

WESTERN STAR

8

1

700.00%

14

4

250.00%

Total Cars and Trucks

21,048

21,148

-0.47%

54,011

53,809

0.38%

 

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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