North Texas new vehicle sales jumped 19 percent in December

New-vehicle sales in North Texas capped off a strong 2013 with a huge jump in December, according to a report released Wednesday afternoon.

Sales in the region’s four biggest counties rose 19 percent, according to Freeman Publishers, which tracks new vehicle registrations. That brought sales for the year to 361,935, up 9 percent last year to outpace the national trend.

In comparison, U.S. new-car sales rose 7.6 percent in 2013 but edged up just 0.3 percent in December.

In Tarrant County, new-car sales were up 5.6 percent last year, boosted by an 18.4 percent gain in December.

Dallas County was up 8.8 percent for the year, Collin County was up 15.6 percent, and Denton County was up 10.9 percent.