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Car Sales Down Across Mahoning Valley

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Car sales in the Mahoning Valley fell 5.2% in October to 4,388, data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association show. New car sales in Columbiana, Mahoning and Trumbull counties were down 6.6% to 2,246.

The information may not compare directly to previous months, noted the association’s Sara Panza, as the group is still awaiting registration data from the Bureau of Motor Vehicles. This sales report uses only title data and a revised report will be issued once all data is acquired.

Sweeney Chevrolet, Boardman, led the tri-county area in new car sales, as customers took delivery of 202 vehicles in October, 52 more than a year ago. Greenwood Chevrolet, Austintown, sold 193, a gain of 39 cars, while Taylor Kia, and Sweeney Buick GMC, both in Boardman, sold 106 apiece, representing sales declines of eight and 26 units, respectively. Rounding out the top five was Stadium GM Superstore, Salem, held even with last year’s figure with 104 sold.

Greenwood Chevrolet led the Valley in used car sales, selling 108, 11 more than October 2015.

Chevrolet, meanwhile, retained its grip as the best-selling brand in the three counties, holding down the top four spots among new car sales. The Silverado sold more units than any other vehicle, totaling 192 – seven fewer than a year prior. The Equinox ranked second with 176 sold last month, while the Lordstown-built Cruze was third with 124 – 27 fewer than October 2015 – followed by the Malibu with 93 sold and the Ford F-150 with 83 sold.

The Cruze also retained its spot as the Valley’s best selling used car as 103 were sold, a 91% increase from the same month last year. It was also the only used car model to sell more than 100 units.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.