Statewide new motor vehicle registrations in 2012 surged more than 25 percent over 2011, according to statistics released today by the Sacramento-based California New Car Dealers Association.
CNCDA said retail and fleet sales totaled 1,617,103 units last year, up from 1,290,920 in 2011. Last year's numbers were the best since the pre-recession year of 2007.
"With California's economy on the rebound, consumers feel confident again about buying a new car, and there has never been a wider selection of models to choose from," said Darryl Holter, CNCDA chairman.
CNCDA projected 2013 sales to come in at 1.75 million.
As expected, the Toyota Prius was the best-selling new car in California last year, with 60,688 registrations. That put it ahead of the Honda Civic (57,124), the Toyota Camry (50,250) and the Honda Accord (49,420). The No. 1-selling full-size pickup was the Ford F-Series, with 25,434 registrations.
The complete CNCDA report for 2012 can be seen at www.cncda.org.