Auto show attendance up 7.3% in 2013

Rolf: Attendance good indicator of future auto sales

Published  4:18 PM HST Mar 25, 2013
HONOLULU -

The attendance for the 2013 First Hawaiian International Auto Show increased by 7.3 percent over the previous year, according to Dave Rolf, executive director for the Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association.

Rolf says auto show attendance is a good indicator of future auto sales.

Hawaii Auto Outlook, a report produced by Hawaii Automobile Dealers Association , predicts that new vehicle registrations for 2013 in Hawaii will increase by 6.5 percent to 47,750 new vehicles for 2013.  In 2012, new vehicle registrations totaled 44,830 in Hawaii.

In 2011, there $1.7 billion worth of sales of new-vehicle dealerships in Hawaii.  Dealership sales accounted for 12.3 percent of all retail sales in the state in that year.

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