Honda leads California new-car sales for 2015 – Los Angeles Times

California’s brand-new vehicle sales flower 11% in 2015, nearly specifying a sales record.

Total sales of 2.05 million cars and light trucks represent the very best retail figures due to the fact that 2005, as soon as the say viewed 2.15 million vehicles sold.

Honda‘s Civic and Accord were the top-selling subcompact and standard midsize vehicles, respectively, and were the No. 1 and No. 2 vehicles sold overall, according to research by the California brand-new vehicle Dealers Assn.

The organization said 79,656 brand-new Civics and 73,505 brand-new Accords were sold in 2015.

The Toyota Prius was 3rd in the rankings along with 72,040 brand-new vehicles sold, along with its Camry and Corolla merely behind along with 63,290 and 62,553 units, respectively.

John Mendel, executive vice president of American Honda, said beating Toyota was not as surprising as beating it along with the Civic, not the Accord, which was the leading model sold in California in 2014.

Toyota’s Prius had been California’s No. 1 seller in 2012 and 2013.

“We’ve constantly shared very first and second along with Toyota, trading it off along with Prius or Camry,” Mendel said. “However the actual story listed here is the Civic, which vaulted past everything.”

Civic sales in California were up 18% over 2014, Mendel said.

Honda and Toyota additionally held the leading placements in the compact SUV and van segments, too as in used-car sales, where Toyota’s Camry scored the leading spot and Honda’s Civic joined second place. In between them, the 2 Japanese automakers claimed the leading 6 placements in 2015 sales of previously owned vehicles in the state.

Despite rejecting the leading 2 podium placements by model, Toyota ruled the state’s general market share, largely due to its relative strength in compact pickups, midsize SUVs and big midsize sedans. Toyota captured 21% of every one of California new-car sales. Honda trailed along with 13%.

Toyota’s general sales increased 5.2% over 2014. Honda’s were regarding double that, at 10.5%.

As the leader, Toyota had much less space to grow market share, said TrueCar industry analyst Patrick Min. However Honda viewed an “aggressive product cadence” in 2015, along with brand-new or refreshed versions of its HR-V, Pilot, Civic and Accord models, he added.

“The product line is every one of fresh or every one of new,” Minute said. “It’s a brand revival.”

The sales picture could adjustment soon, though, as Toyota’s newly remodeled 2016 Prius hits the market. The brand-new generation of the world’s bestselling hybrid has actually gotten sturdy important reception and could again be a leading seller.

Jeep and Subaru viewed the greatest growth by brand. Jeep sales flower 29.8%; Subaru’s were up 21.9%.

Min credited the 2 companies along with taking a creative method to California’s product needs.

The brand-new Jeeps, he said, “are well executed and truly suit in along with the younger, urban lifestyle.” And Subaru “is the darling brand. They have actually specified themselves as a rather actual brand, and an outdoor brand.”

Mazda, Kia, Chevy, Hyundai, Ford, Lexus, Nissan and Mercedes-Benz additionally viewed sales up much more compared to 10%.

Following a national trend, the growth in sales of light trucks outpaced growth in passengers cars sales, and gained market share. Statewide, truck sales were up 19.4%, while cars flower 5.8%. Trucks gained 2.9% in market share, taking away that percentage from cars.

The Ford F-series, the nation’s top-selling car for much more compared to 3 decades, was the state’s beloved full-dimension pickup truck, along with 44,369 vehicles sold. Chevy’s Silverado was next, along with 39,157 units. Ram trailed along with 28,050. Among compact pickups, Toyota’s Tacoma dwarfed the competition, along with 31,082 trucks sold, compared along with No. 2 seller Nissan Frontier’s 7,831.

Nationally, the association said, general sales were up by a much less robust price of 5% over 2014.

The organization predicted that 2016 will certainly be an just as sturdy year.

“The combination of rather reduced fuel prices, higher need for light trucks, and sturdy consumer affordability need to suggestions the market boost this year,” the association said.

charles.fleming@latimes.com

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