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Sales of new vehicles in Hays County increased 22 percent through May compared to the same period a year ago, driven mostly by a 34 percent in local consumers who purchased new passenger cars. Sales of new trucks and sports-utility vehicles, by contrast, increased a relatively anemic three percent.

Dealers in San Marcos, Kyle and Buda sold 2,870 new vehicles during the first five months of the year compared to 2,350 in 2012, according the Freeman Auto Report, a Dallas-based company that compiles vehicle registration data.

More than two-thirds of those sales — 1,933 (67.4 percent) — were passenger cars while 937 (32.64 percent) were trucks or SUVs. Between January and May 2012, trucks and sports-utility vehicles comprised nearly 39 percent of all sales in Hays County.

Meanwhile, dealers in the seven counties centered around Austin, including Hays, sold 48,241 vehicles between January and May this year. Of those, 35,289 (73.2 percent) were cars and 12,952 (26.8 percent) were trucks or SUVs. Vehicle sales in the region exceeded 100,000 last year for the first time since 2007, according to Freeman’s data, and are on course to post another increase in 2013.

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For breakdowns by brand of Hays County and Central Texas vehicle sales, see the San Marcos Mercury’s auto sales data pages.

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