WARREN - New-car sales in the three-county area jumped by double-digit percentages in May, the second straight month, according to statistics released by the Northeast Ohio Auto Dealers Association.
The increase also marked the sixth consecutive month for new-car purchase increases when compared to 2012.
Trumbull County buyers took delivery of 601 new cars in May, a total of 88 (or 17 percent) more than May 2012. Mahoning County buyers took delivery of 1,387 new cars, 154 (or 13 percent) more than May 2012.
Leading all local dealers in the local market was Austintown's Greenwood Chevrolet, with 150 sales, up 6 percent over the 141 new cars the dealership sold this time last year. In second place was Bob & Chuck Eddy Chrysler Dodge Jeep, with 122 new cars sold, or about 10 percent more than May 2012. Taylor Kia in Boardman was in third place, with 118 new cars sold. That number was down from the 129 sold at the dealership in May 2012. All three of the top-selling dealerships are located in Mahoning County.
The top Trumbull County dealership for new-car sales last month was Diane Sauer Chevrolet in Warren. Sauer sold 78 new vehicles, down slightly from the 80 it sold in May 2012. Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren ranked second in Trumbull County with 74 new car sales, and Apostolakis Honda Mazda sold 71 new cars. Both Klaben and Apostolakis were up over last year's May sales.
Used car sales also were up in both counties, with 2,053 used cars sold in Mahoning and 846 used cars sold in Trumbull.
Greenwood Chevy in Austintown reported the highest used car sales, with 122. Greenwood's Hubbard Chevrolet ranked first in Trumbull County with 66 used car sales. Both were up over May 2012 sales.
Throughout the local market, new-car buyers purchased Chevy Cruze the most. Statistics show buyers took delivery of 143 new Lordstown-built Cruzes in May, up 44 percent over the 99 sold in May 2012. Other top-selling models were the Chevy Malibu, with 137; Chevy Silverado 1500, with 110; Chevrolet Equinox, with 109; and Ford F-150, at 78.