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Car Sales in Mahoning Valley Drop 4.6% in 2016

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Across the Mahoning Valley, the number of cars sold declined in 2016 from the year before, according to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association’s year-end report.

In total, 52,979 new and used vehicles were sold in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties last year, down 4.5% from 2015. New-car sales, meanwhile, were down 4.6% to 29,776.

For December, total sales came in at 4,277, representing 56 fewer cars than last year. New car sales held almost even – just three fewer were sold in 2016 than the year prior – as 2,520 were sold.

Sweeney Chevrolet, Boardman, led new-car sales for December with 206 delivered to customers, followed closely by Greenwood Chevrolet, Austintown, with 202. Rounding out the top five were Stadium GM Superstore, Salem, with 154; Sweeney Buick GMC, Boardman, 116; and Boardman Subaru, Boardman, 108.

In annual sales total, Greenwood topped the charts with 2,117 new cars sold.

The Chevrolet Equinox held its spot as the most popular new vehicle in the tri-county area in December with 388 sold, far ahead of the second-place Chevy Silverado with 97 sold. The Lordstown-built Cruze finished third in the monthly rankings with 96 sold.

The monthly sales rankings for models closely mirrors the annual tallies, with the Equinox coming in first as well with 2,281 sold over the course of 2016, followed by the Silverado with 2,153 and the Chevy Malibu with 1,353. The Cruze finished fourth with 1,587 sold.

Among used cars, however, the Cruze was the best seller in both December and throughout the year. According to the dealer’s association report, 80 were sold in the year’s final month, bringing the yearly total to 1,127.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.