WARREN - Area new-vehicle sales started 2012 on a slow note as new-vehicle sales dipped 9.9 percent to 1,811 from 2,009 for January 2011. Sales of the Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze fell 19 percent to 132, still tops in the area.
Used car and truck title registrations in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties inched up 1.3 percent to 2,785 from 2,748, according to a report issued Thursday by the Automobile Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio.
Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren led Trumbull County dealers with 58 new-vehicle sales, up 26.1 percent from a year ago. Perennial leader Diane Sauer Chevrolet saw sales cut in half to 56 from 112.
Greenwood Chevrolet led all dealers with 127 sales, 21 percent better than a year ago. Taylor Kia was second with 110 sales.
In new and used sales, Greenwood and Kia were one-two at 253 and 166, respectively. Diane Sauer led Trumbull County dealers in total sales at 101, followed by Klaben at 85.
Second to the Cruze in new-model sales was the Chevrolet Malibu at 91, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at 69.
Chevrolet led all with 516 sales, off 28 percent from a year ago. Ford was second at 287, up 12.1 percent.