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Mahoning Valley Auto Sales Dip in February

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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Auto dealerships in the Mahoning Valley sold 1,553 new cars and trucks in February, an 11% drop from the same month last year, data from the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio show.

Three of the top five dealerships in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties reported fewer sales of new vehicles than they reported in February 2014. Stadium GM Superstore in Salem, which sold the most autos last month with 113, sold 10 fewer the second month of last year.

In the second spot is Sweeney Chevrolet, Boardman, which sold 86, one more than February of last year, followed by Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown – 79 sold, 50 fewer than the same month in 2014. In fourth place is Fairway Ford in Canfield – 71 sold, 10 more than February 2014 – and Sweeney Buick GMC, Boardman, which moved 68 new vehicles, 22 fewer than a year ago.

The Chevy Equinox retained its spot as the best-selling vehicle in the Valley with 81 leaving showrooms, 30.2% fewer than February 2014. All of the top five best-selling autos in the Valley were General Motors brands.

Behind the Equinox in terms of sales are the Chevy Silverado 1500 with 74 sold, the GMC Terrain with 72, the Lordstown-produced Chevy Cruze with 61 – a 64.7% drop from February 2014 – and the Chevy Malibu, 60.

February combined sales of new and used cars in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties fell 3.35% compared to the same month a year ago when 5,423 were sold.

Published by The Business Journal, Youngstown, Ohio.