September sales of new vehicles in northern Ohio increased nearly 20 percent over the same period last year, according to the Greater Cleveland Automobile Dealers' Association.
Year to date, new car and truck sales are up 10 percent for the 21 county region that includes Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties.
"Overall, northern Ohio vehicle sales continued to show improvement, posting double-digit growth over 2012," said Louis A. Vitantonio, president of the GCADA. "In order to continue the momentum, economic and political stability will need to return for the last quarter of 2013."
Franchised new car and truck dealerships from the 21 counties sold 20,341 vehicles in September of this year compared to 17,159 in September 2012. Year-to-date, franchised dealerships in the same region have sold 177,439 vehicles this year versus 160,425 sold during the same time frame in 2012, the association reports.
Top seller for the month was Ford, with 3,461 sales - a 23 percent increase over September 2012. For the same time period, Chevrolet recorded 2,797 sales, which was a 19 percent boost.
Toyota and Honda finish third and fourth, respectively.
Upscale brands Audi, BMW, Buick, Cadillac, Jaguar, Land Rover, Lincoln, and Mercedes-Benz all registered double-digit sales increases during the month, the association reports.