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Car sales slow in San Diego

The pace of new vehicle sales in San Diego County slid sharply during the second quarter, falling to less than half the statewide growth rate, according to data released last week by the California New Car Dealers Association.

Sales of new vehicles during the second quarter in San Diego were 4.2 percent ahead of the same period of last year, compared to 8.7 percent statewide and 9.5 percent in Los Angeles and Orange counties, where some of the state's strongest growth was seen.

New car sales crept up only 1 percent locally, while new truck sales rose 9.4 percent. In comparison, statewide car sales rose 7.3 percent and truck sales rose 11.2 percent.

Throughout the state, sales growth has been slowing down from the double-digit growth seen in the past couple years, which reflected pent-up demand from the Great Recession.

Despite the slowdown, the association predicted that if current trends continue, roughly 1.83 million cars will be sold in California this year followed by around 1.9 million in 2015. That's up from 1.71 million in 2013 but behind the market's all-time peak in 2004 and 2005, when sales were above the 2 million mark.

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