5/13/17 – Auto dealerships in the region are posting strong numbers. According to figures from the Waterloo-based industry-tracking firm Reg-Trak, there were 1165 vehicles sold in Dodge County in the first four months of this year, an increase of nearly 10% from the same time period last year. Truck sales left car sales in the dust accounting for 928 of all vehicles sold in Dodge County, an increase of 15%. Car sales, meanwhile, were down nearly 8%. There was a 13% increase in vehicle sales in Columbia County from January through April with 817 sold this year compared to 723 in 2016. Truck sales in Columbia County were up 20% while car sales dropped by 10%. Jefferson County bucked the trend with 820 vehicles rolling off the lot so far this year, eleven sales off the pace from last year for a decline of just over 1%. There were nearly 7600 automobile sales in Dane County over the four-month period, up nearly 6%. In the nine-county south central Wisconsin region, there were just over 14,500 motor vehicle sales, a year-to-date increase of seven percent. Car sales remained relatively flat while truck sales in the region increased by 10%.