Local car sales begin to rise

Staff report


For the first time since vehicle sales began rising nationally earlier in the year, local purchases have begun to follow suit.

There were 1,932 new vehicles sold in October, which is an increase of 32 compared with the previous October, according to figures from the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio.

Sales of new vehicles still are well behind the 2011 pace for the year with 1,021 fewer sales than through last October. There have been 20,420 new vehicles sold in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties through the end of October.

Nationally for the month, Edmunds, an automotive information site, stated that all companies except Ford had a good sales month in October.

When new- and used-car sales are combined, the local sales market has done better for the year. Through October, sales at local dealerships were up by 98 for the year at 55,703. Figures were better in October with 441 more vehicle purchases for a total of 5,490 for the month.

The Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze was the top-selling new car in the Mahoning Valley with 119 sold, which is 25 fewer than were sold in the area last October. The Cruze remains 623 behind last year’s pace through the end of October.

This occurred despite the Cruze having two of the best-selling months in its history in August and September along with October purchase figures that were well above the previous year.

Sales of the Cruze were part of an overall increase in the mini-, small- and compact-car segment, which General Motors reported increased by 72 percent over last October’s figures, according to a statement from GM.

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