Sales gain largely in thanks to new cars.
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.
- 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.