Business & Real Estate

New car sales grow again in California

New car sales in California jumped by 9 percent in the second quarter of this year, the California New Car Dealers Association announced Friday.

It marked the 15th straight quarter of growth following the devastating slide in new car sales during the recession.

The association said California car and light truck sales improved 7.3 percent in the first six months of 2014. That compared with a 5.4 percent increase nationwide.

The Toyota Camry has become the state’s top seller among new cars, just ahead of Toyota’s Prius and Corolla and the Honda Accord and Civic, according to the association.

Sales of all Japanese brands grew by 10 percent in the first half of this year and accounted for 49 percent of all new cars sold in the state.