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    GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Sales gain largely in thanks to new cars.
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    October 2, 2012
    By: Nick Saporito


    General Motors announced this morning that its U.S. sales last month accounted for the best September since 2008, selling 210,245 units. Overall, GM's sales were 1.5 percent compared with a year ago with passenger cars in particular seeing a 29 percent increase.

    All GM brands saw their retail sales increase last month, however Cadillac sales were down 1.3 percent overall, suggesting the brand has cut back on fleet sales versus last year. The brand with the highest retail sales gain was Buick, at 10 percent, largely credited to the Verano, which sold over 4,000 units last month.

    GM's overall sales performance was also aided by several new products, including the Cadillac XTS, and Chevrolet Spark and Sonic. Cadillac moved just over 2,500 new XTS's last month, while Chevrolet sold an impressive 7,500 Sonics and 2,200 Sparks. The Chevrolet Cruze also saw a large sales gain last month, selling 25,700 units.

    Sales Notes:

    • Chevrolet Volt saw another record month - 2,851 units sold.
    • Cadillac sold 611 ATS units last month, it's first month of sales.
    • Buick Regal sales were down 45% to 1,839 units.
    • Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain both saw sales gains.


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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Tsunami my a**. The Cruze is doing almost as well as last year. The Verano numbers are really impressive. The turbo model will only add fuel to the fire!

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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Yeah.....Toyota sales were up 45%. Tsunami your what?

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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Awww boo! My post was in the other thread. lol


    I think it was a decent month but a lot of product was down just a smidgen.

    I think its strange that the Equinox is being built in 3 places now. However, great for Spring Hill to have product rolling out.


    Sonic continues to impress. A LOT.

    Cruze did very well once again. Camaro is iffy and might not sell higher than last years numbers.




    Also, can anyone tell me why the 2013 Lambdas arent being produced? What is taking so long on them.

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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Quote Originally Posted by member12 View Post
    Yeah.....Toyota sales were up 45%. Tsunami your what?
    japan inc had no inventory to sell this time last year

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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Quote Originally Posted by member12 View Post
    Yeah.....Toyota sales were up 45%. Tsunami your what?
    Yes, they were. Except before the tsunami they were selling around the same per month as GM was. Now, its consistently below that with Ford edging them out most months.

    I will say there was a huge drop off last year after the tsunami but its taken them a very long time to get that growth back.

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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    GM needs a new Malibu sales plan...fast.

    Lambda models are undergoing a MCE and CAFE production requirements.

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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    So which is it? Do people realize the Honda Civic is a joke or was the Tsunami responsible for earlier sales of the Cruze?

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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Regal sales are abysmal once again. Maybe GM should raise its price again? It's hard to believe the Volt is now consistently outselling the Regal by more then 1000 units per month.
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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    It's hard to spin this in a positive way.....IMO. They are treading water. A recovering car market should net more sales increases. Chrysler is up.

    Could it be that consumers are not responding well to GM's line?

    The Malibu isn't even on the radar. GM need another 20,000 unit per month mainstram car. They needed the Malibu to sell.
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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Quote Originally Posted by tripowergto View Post
    Regal sales are abysmal once again(maybe GM should raise its price again). It's hard to believe the Volt is now consistently outselling the Regal by more then 1000 units per month.
    GM is also underproducing them. If people DID want them it would be near impossible to find a 2013 on the lot as the last 3 months they have made less than they have sold.

    The Regal line manager has to be crapping themselves at how horrible they have managed that car.



    member12, what are you talking about?

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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    The Malibu and Regal are sales disasters. Wrong size, lack of a V6 and direct overlap of the better option (LaCrosse and coming Impala). The Verano is killing (rightly so) the Regal. At this point, if I were Buick - I would be questioning why we need the Regal. Just sell the Verano and LaCrosse and simplify the show-room options.

    Same goes for Chevy. When the new Impala goes on sale - the Malibu will be toast.
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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Strong initial sales of the XTS is a good thing for Cadillac - but I fear the ATS is going to eat the CTS lunch as production ramps up - so as we saw this month - Cadillac won't be gaining market share for a while still. The SRX sales are disappointing.

    The all new Accord Sedan is poised to take market share from all competitors. Such a significant improvement in style and features over the previous generation. I see it hurting Buick as well as the Malibu.

    GM continues to struggle and if industry market share increases at a higher rate than GM sales - then they will continue to lose market share as they have for the past decade.
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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Quote Originally Posted by member12 View Post
    It's hard to spin this in a positive way.....IMO. They are treading water. A recovering car market should net more sales increases. Chrysler is up.

    Could it be that consumers are not responding well to GM's line?

    The Malibu isn't even on the radar. GM need another 20,000 unit per month mainstram car.
    2013 Malibu only had approx 18k cars built this month. It'll get better as they get more inventory in.


    Ford was flat as well. Hard to understand their jargin as they used 3 different numbers this month. Chrysler HAS to do well. They literally have completely new product all around. If they didnt do good I would be seriously wondering what was going on.



    Once again, for the billionth time, market share doesnt matter as it rightly shouldnt. GM needs to MAKE money not gain market share at all costs. If that means losing #1 sales title, so be it. They have to improve their margin and the easiest way to do that is not give away product.


    The Accord is a significant improvement in style and features? Features, sure. Style? Whoa.


    Plus, why are you calling out the SRX? Its sales are one of the few bright spots that Cadillac has had for the last TWO years. It was down 330 units this year. Not enough to worry about anything much less call disappointing.
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    Re: GM U.S. Sales Rise 1.5% In September

    Quote Originally Posted by bballr4567 View Post
    GM is also underproducing them. If people DID want them it would be near impossible to find a 2013 on the lot as the last 3 months they have made less than they have sold.

    The Regal line manager has to be crapping themselves at how horrible they have managed that car.
    Yet GM didn't produce ANY Volt's the past month and sales continue to increase. It seems GM wants the Regal to fail.
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