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News Release: Car Sales Take a Back Seat to Truck and SUV Sales
August 09, 2016

News Release: Car Sales Take a Back Seat to Truck and SUV Sales

NEWS RELEASE 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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

 

Car Sales Take a Back Seat
to Truck and SUV Sales

 

Cleveland, OH (August 9, 2016) –  Sales of trucks and SUVs continued to lead the local new vehicle market in Northern Ohio, with franchised new vehicle dealers selling 20,999 new vehicles in July versus 23,761 new vehicles over the same month a year prior.

 

The combined sales figures for cars, trucks and SUVs represent a decline of 11.62 percent for the month against July of 2015. For the year to date, new vehicle sales are off 2.87 percent, according to figures released today by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association (GCADA). It should also be noted that 2015 was one of the strongest years on record in terms of total new vehicle sales.

 

“As expected, truck sales are still running strong as cars lag behind,” says Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. “Overall, the market is slowly correcting as we enter the second half of the year; we do anticipate a single digit decline in overall sales for 2016 versus 2015.”

 

For the year to date, new truck and SUV sales are up 5.67 percent, with dealers selling 50,652 vehicles so far this year compared with 47,935 vehicles after July last year. Meanwhile, sales of new cars are off 7.07 percent so far this year.

 

Chevrolet took over the top spot from Ford as Northern Ohio’s favorite brand, with the Golden Bowtie selling 3,272 new vehicles to the Blue Oval’s 3,209 count. Honda came in third selling 1,924 new vehicles, besting its offshore rival Toyota, which sold 1,767 new vehicles in the month.

 

While many brands experienced sales losses for the month, there were some bright spots. The Volvo brand continued its resurgence, ringing up a sales increase of almost 44 percent for the month. Land Rover also continued its upward climb, registering an increase of 55.26 percent for the month. Jaguar is doing phenomenal as well, with a sales increase of 136.36 percent in July. Fiat’s sales also increased an amazing 133.33 percent, with Cadillac and Audi registering strong double digit increases for the month.

  

9 Brands Up in July (‘16 v. ‘15)
The following brands posted sales increases in July of 2016 versus July of 2015: Audi, Buick, Cadillac, Fiat, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mazda and Volvo.

 

14 Brands Up for the Year (’16 v. ’15)
The following brands have posted sales increases for the year to date in 2016: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Fiat, Honda, Infiniti, Jaguar, Jeep, Land Rover, Lincoln, Mitsubishi, Ram, Toyota and Volvo.

 

 

New-car and truck sales in Northern Ohio
July ’16 / July ’15 & YTD

 

 

July '16

July '15

July
% Chg.

YTD
July '16

YTD
July '15

YTD July
% Chg.

ACURA

87

190

-54.21%

920

1210

-23.97%

AUDI

201

166

21.08%

1021

1022

-0.10%

BMW

231

255

-9.41%

1688

1862

-9.34%

BUICK

558

543

2.76%

3585

3190

12.38%

CADILLAC

248

212

16.98%

1478

1352

9.32%

CHEVROLET

3272

3610

-9.36%

21509

21296

1.00%

CHRYSLER

394

535

-26.36%

2518

3349

-24.81%

DODGE

448

523

-14.34%

3148

4104

-23.29%

FIAT

42

18

133.33%

191

155

23.23%

FORD

3029

3851

-21.35%

22345

24355

-8.25%

FREIGHTLINER

52

130

-60.00%

359

357

0.56%

GMC

873

891

-2.02%

5532

5953

-7.07%

HINO

4

8

-50.00%

38

42

-9.52%

HONDA

1924

2130

-9.67%

12538

12418

0.97%

HYUNDAI

783

991

-20.99%

4984

5815

-14.29%

INFINITI

134

138

-2.90%

919

896

2.57%

INTERNATIONAL

43

57

-24.56%

419

459

-8.71%

ISUZU

18

17

5.88%

129

107

20.56%

JAGUAR

26

11

136.36%

88

76

15.79%

JEEP

1453

1463

-0.68%

9582

8415

13.87%

KENWORTH

22

37

-40.54%

157

271

-42.07%

KIA

1192

1315

-9.35%

7439

7860

-5.36%

LAND ROVER

59

38

55.26%

342

279

22.58%

LEXUS

178

210

-15.24%

1347

1425

-5.47%

LINCOLN

212

197

7.61%

1504

1332

12.91%

LOTUS

0

0

0.00%

0

0

0.00%

MACK

14

7

100.00%

54

110

-50.91%

MASERATI

4

8

-50.00%

37

41

-9.76%

MAZDA

421

409

2.93%

2746

3017

-8.98%

MERCEDES BENZ

283

326

-13.19%

1851

1977

-6.37%

MINI

38

45

-15.56%

246

307

-19.87%

MISCELLANEOUS

16

20

-20.00%

138

160

-13.75%

MITSUBISHI

89

171

-47.95%

951

930

2.26%

NISSAN

1161

1253

-7.34%

7318

7645

-4.28%

PETERBILT

70

66

6.06%

488

250

95.20%

PORSCHE

43

48

-10.42%

292

344

-15.12%

RAM

408

412

-0.97%

3013

2878

4.69%

SMART

3

9

-66.67%

34

43

-20.93%

SUBARU

782

804

-2.74%

5534

5535

-0.02%

TOYOTA

1767

2120

-16.65%

11934

11644

2.49%

UD

0

0

0.00%

0

0

0.00%

VOLKSWAGEN

320

459

-30.28%

2403

2681

-10.37%

VOLVO

95

66

43.94%

535

360

48.61%

WESTERN STAR

2

2

0.00%

24

37

-35.14%

Total Cars and Trucks

20,999

23,761

-11.62%

141,378

145,559

-2.87%

 

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.

 

 

About the GCADA

The Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association (GCADA) has served the retail-automobile industry and community with integrity and distinction since 1915. Today, located in Brecksville, Ohio, GCADA represents over 250 franchised motor vehicle dealer, which include new-car, truck, motorcycle and RV dealers in a 21-county region of Northern Ohio along the Lake Erie shore and beyond.  More information on the GCADA can be found at www.gcada.org. Contact us at 440-746-1500.

 

 

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