Chevrolet beat out Ford again as the best-selling new vehicle brand in Northeast Ohio last month.
But overall sales fell 4.2 percent in a 21-county area compared to a year ago, the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers Association reports.
New car, light truck and SUV sales totaled 21,193 in April, down from 22,133 in April 2018, the association reported.
Sales of light trucks, SUVs and crossovers fell 7.2 percent in April and new car sales fell 1.7 percent from a year ago.
Chevrolet dealers sold 3,148 new vehicles in April in the region, with Ford dealers in second place with 2,769 sales. Honda was the third best-selling brand, followed by Toyota, according to the Cleveland dealers group.
Sales fell in Summit County, according to the Northeast Ohio Automobile Dealers’ Association. New vehicle sales last month totaled 2,121, down 52, or 2.4 percent, from 2,173 in April 2018, according to the Akron-based dealers group.
Since Jan. 1, new vehicle sales in the broader Northeast Ohio market are down 2.7 percent from the same period a year ago, the Greater Cleveland association reported.
“As expected, the new vehicle sales trend has slowed in the beginning of 2019. However, we are comparing last month’s sales to a very strong month in April of 2018, when sales had increased almost nine percent,” Louis A. Vitantonio, GCADA president, said in a news release. “We are still seeing strong sales numbers in the Northern Ohio market, including used vehicle sales trending considerably higher.”
Summit County used vehicle sales rose strongly last month, according the the Northeast Ohio Automobile Dealers’ Association. Sales last month totaled 3,831, up 315, or 9 percent, from 3,516 a year ago.
Since Jan. 1, used vehicle sales in Summit County totaled 13,536, up 449, or 3.4 percent, from the same period a year ago.