Statewide new-vehicle registrations in this year’s second quarter totaled 532,737, up nearly 10 percent from last year and pushing sales past the 1 million vehicle threshold through the first six months of 2015, according figures released Friday by the Sacramento-based California New Car Dealers Association.
CNCDA said the quarterly surge was driven in part by strong sales of new light trucks – 216,925 unit sales in this year’s second quarter, up 19.1 percent from the year-ago period.
CNCDA forecast calendar 2015 sales in California to come in at 1.99 million vehicles, more in line with pre-recession figures.
Last year’s new-vehicle sales of 1.84 million, including fleet sales, were up 8 percent over 2013. The all-time statewide record of 2.15 million new car sales was set in 2005.
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In 2007, just before the recession crimped the automotive marketplace, new car purchases totaled 1.87 million statewide. In 2009, that dropped to 1.03 million units, the lowest volume since 1975.