Northeast Ohio new vehicle sales for November barely eked out a gain from a year ago, helped by an increase in new car purchases while SUV and light truck sales dropped.

Dealers in a 21-county region sold 19,818 vehicles last month, up 0.2 percent from 19,775 vehicles in November 2017, according to figures released last week by the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers’ Association.

Since Jan. 1, sales of new cars, SUVs, light trucks and crossovers totaled 231,919, down 0.5 percent from 233,121 for the same 11-month period in 2017.

“I’m encouraged that new vehicle sales are keeping pace so well with 2017, which was a very strong year,” Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the Cleveland dealers association, said in a prepared statement. “With one more month to go, and plenty of holiday sales events and incentives from auto manufacturers, we should finish the year strong.”

Sales of cars and sedans in the greater region grew by 1.2 percent for the month while light truck, SUV and crossover sales fell by 0.8 percent compared to November 2017.

In Summit County, new vehicle sales last month totaled 2,006, up 48, or 2.5 percent, from 1,958 vehicles a year ago, according to the Northeast Ohio Automobile Dealers Association. Sales in the county since Jan. 1 total 23,213, down 121 or 0.5 percent from 23,334 a year ago.

Used vehicle sales in Summit County for November totaled 3,211, up 323, or 11.2 percent from 2,888 a year ago, the Akron-based dealer group reported.

In the 21-county Northeast Ohio region, used vehicle sales increased 6.3 percent from a year ago, according to the Cleveland dealers association. Used vehicle sales since Jan. 1 are up 3.6 percent from the same period in 2017.

Chevrolet was the best-selling regional brand in November with 3,008 sales, followed by Ford with 2,951 new vehicles sold. Toyota came in third with 1,545, followed by Honda at 1,511. Jeep came in fifth with 1,468 new vehicles sold.