SACRAMENTO – The California New Car Dealers Association said that registrations of new cars and light trucks increased by 13.1 percent in California during 2010, compared to 2009.

The Honda Civic was the best-selling vehicle in California during 2010, followed closely by the Honda Accord and Toyota Camry. The Ford F-150 was the best-selling truck. 

“We continue to see slow but steady improvement in the economy and in the new-car market,” said CNCDA Chairman, Steve Snyder, who operates Gold Rush Chevrolet/Subaru in Auburn, Calif. “New-car buyers have a wide variety of new models and increasingly efficient vehicles to choose from at great prices.”  

The CNCDA also forecasted that sales will increase by another 13.3 percent to 1.3 million new vehicles in 2011.

The California Auto Outlook Fourth Quarter 2010 Market Report provides comprehensive information on the state’s new vehicle market with charts and graphs. The report includes: a segment watch, including the top five models in each segment; a market perspective, comparing California nationally; brand scoreboards; a regional recap and more. The complete report can be accessed on CNCDA’s website at