Area Car Sales Decline in April

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio – Sales of new cars and trucks by area dealers in April were down about 3% from the same month last year, the monthly report by the Automobile Dealers Association shows. Year to date, sales are running at a similar pace.

In April, car dealers in Mahoning, Trumbull and Columbiana counties sold 2,672 new vehicles, down from the 2,754 sold I April 2014. Year to date, car dealers in the region have sold 9,229 new cars and trucks through April, compared to 9,494 during the first four months of 2014.

Last month, area dealers sold 6,666 new and used vehicles, up slightly from the 6,640 units sold in April 2014. Year to date, local dealers have sold 137 fewer units in 2015 than during the first four months of 2014, 24,634 compared with 24,771, respectively.

Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown led area dealers in sales of new (153) as well as used (133) vehicles and new and used combined (86) in April, despite selling eight fewer new vehicles than in April 2014.

Taylor Kia followed, selling 148 new units last month, up from 144 a year earlier. The Boardman dealership also followed Greenwood in combined sales of new and used vehicles, with 249 sold last month. Sweeney Chevrolet in Boardman sold the third highest number of new cars and trucks in April, 139, down four from a year earlier, and held the same position for combined new and used sales for the month, with 226 units sold.

General Motors’ Chevrolet nameplate claimed the top three slots for new vehicles sales. The Equinox was the top-selling vehicle for the month, with 210 units sold in April, up from 166 a year earlier. The Silverado 1500 followed, with 108 sold, up from 90 in April 2014. Despite a 34% decrease in sales over the year, the Lordstown-built Cruze placed third in sales for April, with 107 units sold compared with 162 a year earlier.

Rounding out the top five were Ford’s Escape, with 82 units sold, and Fusion, with 73 sold.

Pictured: 2015 Chevrolet Equinox, top-selling vehicle in the three-county region.

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