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California new car sales jumped 11 percent in 2015

The Honda Civic was the top-selling new auto in California last year, followed by the Honda Accord and Toyota Prius.
The Honda Civic was the top-selling new auto in California last year, followed by the Honda Accord and Toyota Prius. The Associated Press

New-car sales soared by 11.1 percent last year in California, a growth rate that was more than twice the U.S. average.

The California New Car Dealers Association said Monday that vehicle sales rose to 2.05 million in 2015, up from 1.85 million the year before. The growth rate in California compared with 5.2 percent growth nationally.

The association said it thinks sales will top 2 million again this year, but a repeat of 11.1 percent growth is unlikely.

“There are some indications that new vehicle sales are approaching a cyclical peak and the economic outlook is becoming cloudier,” the association said. “But the combination of very low fuel prices, high demand for light trucks, and strong consumer affordability should help the market increase this year, with registrations remaining above the 2 million-unit mark.”

The Honda Civic was the best-selling new car in California last year, with 79,656 sold, just ahead of the Honda Accord at 73,505 and Toyota Prius at 72,040.

Among light trucks, the Ford F Series was the top seller at 44,369, followed by the Chevrolet Silverado, which sold 39,157.

Dale Kasler: 916-321-1066, @dakasler

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