New vehicle registrations rose 9.4 percent in the third quarter compared with a year earlier, making it the ninth straight quarterly increase in California.
The California New Car Dealers Association, which reported the increase, now guesses that the market will improve 10.9 percent for the whole year, and that this recovery in the market will continue into 2012.
For the nine months ended September, the new vehicle market in California rose 11 percent. That’s ahead of the U.S. market as a whole, which improved 10-.4 percent.
The Honda Civic was the best selling car in California in the third quarter, followed closely by the Honda Accord, the Toyota Camry and the Toyota Prius. Korean brands and Detroit’s “Big Three” all increased their market share by more than one percentage point in the nine months ended September.
Passenger cars dropped 2.2 percent, while SUVs rose by 2.2 percent.
The California New Car Dealers Association has detailed data and analysis on its website