California auto dealers rang up another strong year in 2016, with 2.09 million new-car registrations, falling just short of the record of 2.15 million set in 2005, according to a report released Wednesday by the Sacramento-based California New Car Dealers Association.
The 2016 total surpassed 2.05 million sales reported in 2015, which was the first time the 2 million threshold had been reached since 2006.
During the depths of the recession, in 2009, statewide registrations totaled only 1.04 million.
The dealers association said that more than half of the nation’s ZEV and plug-in sales last year occurred in California, with those environmentally friendly vehicles accounting for 3.5 percent of the state’s new-vehicle sales.
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The Honda Civic retained its title as the best-selling new vehicle in California, with 88,390 registrations last year. Honda’s Accord came in second, with 76,184 registrations.
The Ford F-Series truck led the full-size pickup segment. Its 49,873 registrations outpaced the Chevrolet Silverado’s 41,331. Among all sport-utility vehicles, the Toyota RAV4’s 41,196 registrations dethroned the previously No. 1 Honda CR-V, which had 39,961.
Toyota remained the state’s leader in market share in 2016, capturing 20.1 percent of all new-vehicle registrations, which included fleet transactions. Honda was second with a 13.8 percent share. General Motors, with 10.4 percent, edged U.S. rival Ford, which had a 9.9 percent share in the Golden State.