Sales of new cars and light trucks in Hawaii soared more than 19 percent higher during the first half of 2012, compared to the first six months of 2011, and brands such as Jeep, Volkswagen, Acura, Dodge and Chevrolet saw sales increase by more than 30 percent, according vehicle registration data from the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association.
There were a total of 22,110 car and light truck registrations during the first half of the year, compared to 18,510 vehicles registered during the first half of 2011, according to the Hawaii Auto Outlook.
Total new registrations for all of 2012 are forecast to finish 16.2 percent higher than 2011, while 2013 is expected to see a gain of 9 percent, the Auto Outlook said.
New car registrations rose 22.3 percent during the first six months of the year to 11,378 vehicles, compared to 9,301 in 2011, while the market share for cars in Hawaii increased to 51.5 percent.
Light truck registrations, meanwhile, rose 16.5 percent to 10,732, from 9,209 in 2011.
Among the brands, Jeep recorded the largest percentage gain with 72 percent more in registrations. There were 471 new Jeeps registered during the first six months of the year, compared with 274 registered last year.
Toyota increased its dominant market share in Hawaii to 26.6 percent during the first half, from 25.1 percent last year, while second-ranked Honda fell from 15 percent to 13.1 percent and No. 3 Nissan declined slightly to 10.1 percent from 10.8 percent.
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