Local vehicle sales continued to rise in April, according to data released Friday by the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio.
Automakers across the country are expected to sell 1 million more vehicles this year than they did during 2012, according to several projections from analysts. The estimated increase is based on pent-up demand, more home construction and an overall improvement in consumer sentiment.
Those trends were on display throughout the Valley last month, when the area’s top-five dealerships increased sales of new and used vehicles by 29 percent from April 2012.
The Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze was the Valley’s top-selling new model in April, with 160 units sold versus 112 at the same time last year. The Chevrolet Malibu was second, selling 131 units in April, a drop from last year, when 144 Malibus were sold. The Chevrolet Silverado 1500 sold 123 units last month, up from 59 a year before.
Chevrolet, Ford, Honda, Dodge and Kia were the region’s top-selling new makes.
Greenwood Chevrolet, Taylor Kia and Stadium GM Superstore were April’s top dealerships, selling a combined 779 vehicles.