June 04, 2013

General Motors reports sales growth of 3 per cent in May

General Motors Co. sold 252,894 vehicles in the United States in May, up 3 per cent compared with a year ago. Retail sales increased 9 per cent, fleet sales were down 10 per cent and the fleet mix was 26 per cent of total sales.

"Cadillac is growing faster than it has in
almost 40 years, the pickup rebound is in full swing and we're seeing strong retail demand for our crossovers," said Kurt McNeil, Vice-President of US sales operations. "These are all powerful signs that the gradual recovery in the economy is becoming more broad-based. That's great news for the auto industry and General Motors."

GM's trucks sales were up 15 per cent versus a year ago, including a 23 per cent increase for large pickups and a 30 per cent increase for large SUVs.

Crossover sales were up 3 per cent. Compact crossover sales were up 10 per cent and set a monthly record behind the Chevrolet Equinox, which had its best month ever. The Equinox has now posted 17 consecutive monthly sales increases.

Retail passenger car sales were up 2 per cent while total sales were down 6 per cent. Lower fleet sales were due primarily to the timing of customer deliveries.


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