LI car sales down 38% from post-Sandy surge

Although it just appeared at the Detroit auto

Although it just appeared at the Detroit auto show this week, Honda vehicles, like this Fit, made the company the best selling brand on Long Island in the first 11 months of this year. (Jan. 13, 2014) (Credit: Getty Images)

Long Islanders registered 38 percent fewer cars in November than a year earlier, when the figures were inflated by replacement of vehicles destroyed by superstorm Sandy.

But the total for November was a comfortable 6 percent above that of the more normal month of November 2011, according to figures from the Michigan-based data provider R.L. Polk & Co.

Polk said in a new report that Long Islanders registered 15,647 new cars and light trucks in November, compared to 25,190 in November of 2012 and 14,753 in November 2011.


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For the first 11 months of last year, Long Island new vehicle registrations were up 6 percent over the same period in 2012, the figures show.

Nationally, sales -- which approximate registrations -- grew by 8.3 percent in the year's first 11 months over the same period in 2012, according to the trade paper Automotive News.

Once again, Honda was the bestselling brand on Long Island in the first 11 months of last year, with 25,596 newly registered, followed by Nissan and Toyota.

Ford was in fourth place for the first 11 months, at 13,701 vehicles, but its 20 percent increase over the same period in 2012 was the largest of any high-volume brand.

That compared with Honda's gain of only 3.4 percent. Chevrolet's 11-month total was 10,447 vehicles, and it also showed a large increase: 18.2 percent.

Ford's 11-month increase and lagging sales at Hyundai were enough to pull the Detroit carmaker ahead of South Korea's Hyundai locally.

Long Island Hyundai registrations fell by 13.3 percent to 12,221 vehicles in 2013's first 11 months.

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