The 1,967 new vehicles registered last month represented a 13.5 percent decline from
Much of June’s decline resulted from falling registrations of Toyotas and Subarus; both were down 32.5 percent from
The dropping registration numbers locally came as nationwide new vehicle sales increased in June for the second consecutive month, by 5.4 percent to 1.54 million vehicles. A 12.4 percent jump in new truck sales more than offset a 7.4 percent decline in new car sales.
Nationwide sales in the first half of the year were up 2.1 percent to 8.57 million vehicles with a 10 percent gain in new truck sales barely offsetting an 11.6 percent drop in new car sales.
Statewide numbers for June aren’t yet available. April new vehicle registrations, the most recent available, surged 30.8 percent from
Registration numbers don’t exactly reflect sales by local dealers, as buyers have up to 60 days to register a new vehicle in the county where they live, not where they bought it.
The numbers don’t include heavy trucks, motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, recreational vehicles and trailers.
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