WARREN - Local sales of the Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze last month slipped four places from first to fifth among dealers in the three-county region, the small car's lowest ranking since December.
According to statistics released Thursday by the Auto Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio, only 83 Cruzes were sold in September in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, down 36 percent, from the 129 sold this time last year and down 53 percent from the 175 sold in August.
Before September, Cruze had ranked as the top-selling vehicle at local dealerships for the previous five months.
The car's September sales dip closely mirrored a drop in Cruze's September North American sales, also by more than 50 percent.
Replacing Cruze as the top-selling vehicle in the local market for September was Chevy Malibu, at 176, up 189 percent from 61 sold in September 2012. Equinox ranked second with 143, followed by Ford F-150 at 102 and Chevy Silverado at 91.
Austintown's Greenwood Chevy outpaced all other local dealers for September new car sales, according to the statistics. Greenwood sold 169, up 41 percent from this time last year. Boardman's Sweeney Chevrolet ranked second, with 147 new cars sold, followed by Taylor Kia with 136, Columbiana Buick Cadillac Chevrolet with 102 and Fairway Ford with 101.
Chevy dealers also were upset by dealers selling other makes in Trumbull County. For the first time in more than a year, import dealership Apostolakis Honda Mazda outpaced all other Trumbull County new car dealerships, ranking first with 87 new car sales, up 24 percent over September 2012. Second was Sims Buick GMC Nissan, with 85 new vehicle sales, followed by Diane Sauer Chevrolet with 70 and Greenwood's Hubbard Chevrolet with 61.
Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown sold the most used cars in the tri-county market, at 118, followed by Fred Martin Ford Mercedes in Austintown, at 75, and Sweeney Chevrolet in Boardman, at 73.