Local Cruze sales soaring

WARREN – The harsh winter weather took its toll on Trumbull County new auto sales last month, but the cold and snow had no effect on sales of the Lordstown-built Cruze.

According to statistics released Friday by the Auto Dealers Association of Eastern Ohio, dealer sales in Trumbull County dipped in January by about 5 percent compared to January 2013. In the total market, which includes Trumbull, Mahoning and Columbiana Counties, sales did inch up by about 3 percent to 2,301 from 2,238 last year at this time.

Sales of the Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze more than doubled, though, when compared to sales in January 2013. A total of 224 Cruzes were sold in the three-county area, up 113 from the 111 sold a year ago.

Highest dealer sales in Trumbull and Mahoning counties came from Austintown’s Greenwood Chevrolet, with 152, up 6 percent from the previous year. Sweeney Chevrolet in Boardman sold the second most new vehicles at 149, and Bob & Chuck Eddy Chrysler Dodge Jeep sold 110 new vehicles, rounding out the third spot.

In Trumbull County Klaben Ford Lincoln of Warren topped sales with 73, up 16 percent from January 2013. Diane Sauer Chevrolet sold 64 new cars, an 18 percent drop from the previous January, and Apostolakis Honda Mazda sold 61 new cars, also down by 12 percent.

Greenwood’s of Hubbard Chevy led Trumbull County with used car sales, at 66, up 8 percent from 2013. Klaben Ford of Warren sold the second-most with 44, which was down 4 percent.

Among Mahoning County dealerships, Taylor Kia of Boardman sold the most used cars, 116, up 40 percent from the 83 it sold in January 2013. Greenwood Chevy in Austintown sold 101 used cars.

Behind the top-selling Chevy Cruze, Chevy Malibu ranked second with 121 sales, Chevrolet Equinox with 105, Ford Escape with 74 and Ford F-150 pickup truck with 73.