North Texas new vehicle sales rise by 15.9 percent in 2012

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New car dealers in North Texas had 45,632 more reasons to smile in 2012 than the previous year.

That's how many additional vehicles dealers in Tarrant, Dallas, Denton and Collin counties sold last year compared to 2011. Total new vehicle sales came to 332,136, a 15.9 percent increase, according to Freeman Publishers of Dallas' tally of new vehicle registrations, including fleet sales.

That's even better than the 13 percent gain seen nationally last year, the industry's best in five years.

Tarrant County dealers didn't do quite as well, but likely shed no tears. New vehicle sales were up 12.5 percent, to 115,815.

Dallas County was up 16.6 percent, Denton County was up 16.5 percent, and Collin County led the way with a 21.6 percent gain.

The year closed out reasonably well, too. December sales rose 10.2 percent in the four-county area, with Tarrant County enjoying a 14.9 percent gain.

Denton County eked out Tarrant in December with a 15.5 percent gain, followed by a 10.2 percent gain in Dallas County and a slim 1.8 percent gain in Collin County.

Passenger cars easily outsold trucks in the four counties, 215,773 to 116,363.

Jim Fuquay, 817-390-7552

Twitter: @jimfuquay

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