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Valley Car Sales Up, Bucking National Trend

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – While nationwide auto sales are down for many manufacturers, auto sales across the Mahoning Valley jumped 18.6% in April compared to a year ago, data from the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association show.

In total, 5,021 new and used vehicles were sold in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties last month. New-car sales totaled 2,805 in April, a 30.1% increase, while used-car sales rose 7.4% to 2,147.

“We continue to buck the national downward trend in total vehicle sales month over month and year to date, however the market is very close to a plateau. Regardless, the market continues to perform at a record pace,” said association president Louis Vitantonio in the group’s monthly report. “As we know, the motor vehicle market is cyclical. We fully expect ups and downs in the coming months.”

Leading local dealerships in the vehicle category was Greenwood Chevrolet, Austintown, with 186 delivered to customers, an increase of 52 compared to April 2016. In second place was Stadium GM Superstore, Salem, with 184, up from just 59 a year ago. Rounding out the top five were Sweeney Chevrolet, Boardman, with 171; Sweeney Buick GMC with 150; and Columbiana Chevrolet Buick Cadillac, Columbiana, with 148.

Donnell Auto Group took the top spot for used-car sales with 122 sold last month.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.