Local sales of Cruze rebound

WARREN – The Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze rebounded well last month among new car buyers in Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana counties, according to data released Monday by the Auto Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio.

The small car led all models sold at local car dealers in the tri-county area at 153, up 29 percent over the 119 sold this time last year. Coming in second was Chevrolet Equinox at 108, Ford F-150 with 90, Chevrolet Malibu with 89 and Ford Escape with 84. All five of the top-selling local models were up significantly over the numbers sold in October 2012.

The local rebound was most significant for the Cruze, built at the Lordstown General Motors plant, after its drop to fifth place with just 83 sold in September. That number was down 36 percent from September 2012.

New car buyers in the three-county area took delivery on 2,302 new cars overall in October, up 16 percent from the 1,982 new cars sold locally in October 2012.

Leading all local dealers in number of new automobiles sold in October was Greenwood Chevrolet in Austintown. The dealership sold 132, up 6 percent from a year ago. Ranking second was Fred Martin Ford Mercedes, also of Austintown, with 119, up 68 percent from sales of a year ago. Following those dealerships were Bob & Chuck Eddy Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep with 115; Sweeney Chevrolet with 98; and Fairway Ford with 98. All five are located in Mahoning County.

New car sales in Trumbull County were led by Diane Sauer Chevrolet, with 71, up 31 percent from its 54 new cars sold in October 2012. Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren ranked second with 67 new cars sold; and Apostolakis Honda Mazda in Cortland sold 63 new vehicles.

Greenwood Chevrolet also led the market in used car sales, moving 156 off the lot in October. Taylor Kia sold 111 used cars, and Sweeney Buick GMC sold 89 used cars.

Leading the used car sales in Trumbull County was Klaben of Warren with 55 sales. Greenwoods Hubbard Chevrolet sold 49 used cars last month and Diane Sauer sold 47.