Northeast Ohio recorded two straight months of declines in new automobile sales for the first time in recent memory, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association (GCADA) said in a news release announcing February’s regional sales figures.

Sales in a 21-county region of Northern Ohio totaled 15,335 last month, down about 5.4 percent from 16,213 in February 2017.

The arrival of warmer weather, however, as well as deals offered in conjunction with the recent Cleveland Auto Show, are expected to contribute a rebound in sales, said GCADA President Louis A. Vitantonio.

“The underlying forces driving the market continue to be strong,” he said. “Fuel prices are low and financing is readily available.”

While truck and SUV sales declined in January, the segment recovered in February, with dealers selling 7,367 units last month compared to 7,348 units over the same period a year prior — an increase of 0.26 percent. Car sales, however, were lighter than expected, declining 10.12 percent last month compared to February 2017.

Chevrolet remained Northern Ohio’s best-selling brand, with dealers selling 2,372 vehicles in February. Ford was close behind with 2,238 vehicles sold in the month, ahead of Jeep, which cracked the top three for the first time in recent memory, selling 1,281 vehicles in the month. Honda took home fourth place with 1,142 vehicles sold while Toyota came in fifth with 1,182 vehicles sold for the month.