For a third time in a row, new vehicle sales across California topped the two million mark in 2017. The California New Car Dealers Association said the state saw a shift from small car sales to non-luxury SUV sales last year. As a result of that shift, manufacturers are producing more options for consumers. Electric and hybrid vehicles totaled more than nine-percent of new car registrations across the state. Light truck sales also trended higher.
Across northern California, car sales were down more than six-percent in 2017 as compared to 2016, but small trucks sales were up more than nine-percent. In southern California, car sales were down nearly 12-percent while light truck sales were up nearly eight-percent. Analysts believe the trend will continue to top the two million mark of all new vehicles sold in California in 2018.
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