Sales of new cars slightly outperformed SUV, light truck and crossover sales in February in Northeast Ohio, with total purchases down from a year ago.
New vehicle sales in a 21-county region of northern Ohio totaled 14,939 in February, down 396, or 2.6 percent, from 15,335 sales in February 2018, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association said this week.
New car sales were 7,859, down 1.4 percent from 7,968 a year ago.
New SUV, crossover and truck sales totaled 7,080, down 3.9 percent from 7,367 a year ago.
Summit County new vehicle sales for February totaled 1,417, down 64, or 4.3 percent, from 1,481 a year ago, according to the Northeast Ohio Auto Dealers Association. Used vehicle sales in Summit County totaled 2,724, down 26, or 0.9 percent, from 2,750 a year ago.
Since Jan. 1, new vehicle sales in the 21-county region are up 1.8 percent from the same period in 2018, the Cleveland dealers association said in a news release.
“We are closely following the national automotive sales trend,” Louis A. Vitantonio, GCADA president, said in a news release. “With the excitement created by the Cleveland Auto Show, and the advertising and special promotions that surround it, we are expecting a strong March which should spill over into April as the weather gets warmer.”
The Cleveland Auto Show traditionally kicks off the spring selling season. The show ended on March 3.
Ford was the region’s best-selling brand in February with 2,212 sales, followed by Chevrolet with 2,153 sales.
Jeep was the third best-selling brand with 1,291 new vehicles sold, followed by Honda with 1,144 sales.