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Auto Sales

Date: Feb 21, 2005
Contributor: Clayton Stodola


Local auto sales up slightly to start 2005

Sales for 2005 were up slightly overall for automotive dealers in Louisville and Southern Indiana, according to results released by the Greater Louisville Automobile Dealers Association.

Sales of new cars at area dealers during January rose 0.32 percent during the month, while total truck sales rose 6.49 percent.

Louisville-area dealers sold 1,579 new cars in January, compared with 1,574 in January 2004. Among domestic cars, the biggest gains in terms of vehicles sold were reported by Ford and Pontiac dealers, which posted sales gains of 19.3 percent and 112.5 percent, respectively.

Ford continued to be the top-selling domestic car, with 179 cars sold during January, while Pontiac dealers sold 51 cars in January. Chevrolet sold 131 cars, one more vehicle than was sold during the same month last year.

Honda and Toyota continued their runs as the top-selling import cars in the market. Honda dealers sold 271 cars in January, and increase of 1.88 percent from last year. Toyota sales rose about 24 percent to 170 cars.

Total new-truck sales for area dealers in January rose to 1,066 from 1,001 a year earlier.

Sales of domestic trucks showed a gain of 8.1 percent to 841. The top-selling domestic brand was Ford, with 368 trucks sold, compared with 409 in January 2004.

Sales of imported trucks rose 0.9 percent to 225. The top-selling import truck make was Toyota, with 128 trucks sold in January, down from 130 sold a year earlier.





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