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DETROIT – General Motors dealers in the United States delivered 170,585 vehicles in October, down 45 percent compared with a year ago. GM truck sales of 97,119 were down 51 percent and car sales of 73,466 were off 34 percent. The steep decline in vehicle sales was largely due to a significant drop in the market’s retail demand as uncertainty over the deepening credit crisis impacted consumer confidence.

“The market has been shrinking for three years, but in October we saw a dramatic decline for the industry and GM,” said Mark LaNeve, vice president, GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. “ We are obviously disappointed in our results which reflect a difficult comparison with a strong year-ago October performance. More importantly, it also reflects an unprecedented credit crunch that is dramatically impacting the entire U.S. economy – from the housing market to big and small companies to banks to family run businesses. The credit freeze has also had a very negative impact on consumers’ confidence and their purchase behavior across America.”

“We outpaced the competition with our sales results in August and September, and fell back with the industry in October. If you adjust for population growth, this is probably the worst industry sales month in the post-WWII era,” LaNeve added. “We believe there is considerable pent-up demand from the last three years, but until the credit markets open up and consumer confidence improves, the entire U.S. economy, and any industry like autos that relies on financing, will suffer.

“We’ll do our part to continue fighting against these significant economic headwinds by bringing consumers the highest quality, most fuel efficient and affordable cars, trucks and crossovers that we can,” he said.

To that end, LaNeve announced that GM’s no-haggle Red Tag Event starts nationwide tomorrow, Nov. 4. The Red Tag Event will provide great deals on most new vehicles in GM’s portfolio by offering a special Red Tag vehicle price and customer cash back. In addition, GM’s recently announced “Financing That Fits” program enables consumers to find financing at affordable rates from GMAC and thousands of other banks, credit unions and financing institutions.

Despite the poor results in October, there were a number of bright spots for individual GM car and truck lines, including:

* Chevrolet Malibu retail sales were up 129 percent. For the month, Malibu total sales reached nearly 11,000 vehicles. For the year, Malibu retail sales have totaled nearly 98,000 cars, up 134 percent from year-ago figures.
* The all-new Pontiac Vibe recorded a 6 percent total sales increase in October. Almost 42,000 Vibes have been sold this year, up 36 percent from the prior year.
* Saab retail sales were up 7.4 percent compared with a year ago, driven by the strong retail performance of the 9-3, which was up more than 16 percent.
* GM sold 44,500 Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Chevrolet Avalanche full-size pickups in October, further solidifying its segment leadership.
* GM hybrids continue to build sales momentum and the company has broken through the 10-thousand vehicle sales mark. A total of 1,496 hybrid vehicles were delivered in the month. Hybrid sales included: 372 hybrid Chevrolet Tahoe, 193 GMC Yukon and 230 Cadillac Escalade 2-mode SUVs delivered. There were 325 Chevrolet Malibu, 22 Saturn Aura and 354 Vue hybrids sold in October. GM has sold 10,549 hybrids so far in 2008.

GM continues to proactively manage inventories to align supplies with market demand. In October, only about 799,000 vehicles were in stock, down about 146,000 vehicles (or about 15 percent) compared with last year. There were about 336,000 cars and 463,000 trucks (including crossovers) in inventory at the end of October.

“These are extraordinary times for the U.S. economy, for consumers and for an auto industry that is running at deep recessionary levels relative to 1999-2006,” LaNeve said. “We are offering the highest quality and best value vehicles to customers in our history – along with great incentives. But we can’t do it alone as GM or the auto industry. It will take a coordinated national effort to turn this economy around.”

Source: Automotive News Special E-Mail Update:

DETROIT -- General Motors is launching two new incentives on most models, but they are targeted at select customers.

And auto dealers say they have been told that GM's annual Red Tag sale, typically slated to start in mid-November, might start earlier.

In a program dubbed "Garage Mate," GM is mailing an unspecificed number of $2,000-off coupons for "most" 2008 and 2009 models, according to a memo to dealers obtained by Automotive News. Those coupons will go to customers who own at least one GM vehicle and a competitive vehicle that is "modeled to be in-market for repurchase," the memo said.

The second incentive plan also is a direct mailing. GM will offer $1,500 direct-mail cash on most 2008 and 2009 models to a select list of non-GMAC loan holders who do not own a GM vehicle.

Both direct-mail programs are planned to run through Jan. 5, the memo said.
 

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October Malibu sales were 10,874. But they made 27,798 in October.

Saab sales were driven by only one thing: Massive incentives.

Looks like the Traverse had a good start up with over 20,000 made through October.

One note on Ford Motor sales: "Ford's comparisons factor in 5,267 Jaguars and Land Rovers from October 2007" -Source: Automotive News
 

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This is so bad I can't even write what I'm thinking appropriately.... Eeeep!

Of course if it was Wall Street, a Bank or Insurance Company, Washington would be telling all of us we had to rush to help them... with say 750 BILLION DOLLARS. But since its GM, scew em. Thanks Uncle Sam.
 

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Re: GM Reports October Sales; Moves Up Red Tag Sale; Brings Back GarageMate Program

Heh... I was chatting with BigAl.... and I essentially told him the fall would be in the 45% range. And Toyota will be around 10-15%.

I was right about GM. Waaay off on Toyota.
 

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Re: GM Reports October Sales; Moves Up Red Tag Sale; Brings Back GarageMate Program

The bright side for GM, is that pretty much everyone is going to be trotting out similar numbers, Ford off 30%, Chrysler is supposed to be off close to 40%, Toyota off around 20% etc etc.

With the credit markets being so tight it doesnt matter how much you want to buy a new vehicle many people just can't get approved. We pretty much knew the numbers were going to be bad, it was only going to be a matter of how bad.
 

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Reviewing these numbers is just scary. They only moved 600 Skys and Solstices, under 1k for Torrent and G5. Wow, I never ever thought it would get this bad. The only sold a few thousand Cobalts for crying out loud. I am focusing on these models since they are the most fuel effeicient and are supposedly a high demand segment.
 

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Re: GM Reports October Sales; Moves Up Red Tag Sale; Brings Back GarageMate Program

What did they expect after they did their giveaway promotion for August and September?

Quote from LaNeve: “We outpaced the competition with our sales results in August and September, and fell back with the industry in October."

Yeah, and "Employee Pricing for Everyone" had nothing to do with it.

Anxiously awaiting the Red Toe Tag Sale, and my $2K off voucher which I'm sure to receive...which I will immediately throw on eBay...maybe I'll get $20 for it.
 

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*facepalm* :doh:

I think we need a *headdesk* emoticon too...

Only good news in that entire report were Malibu sales and that a good number of Traverses were sold. Other than that...epic failures across the board...
 

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what would you expect after GM discount for everyone? even new Silverados for $10,000 didn't help. what now? another Red Toe Tag Sale of course. the madness continues under Red Ink Rick. when you engage in brand destroying marketing and distress merchandising there is no end to the downward spiral. here's an article I wrote three years ago addressing this very issue.

How to Get a Free Vehicle

Did you hear about the customer who went into a GM dealership? He qualified for the following:

AARP
GM Discount
Recent College Grad
Active Military
Olds Owner
Resident of North Central Region
GM Cardholder
Father who was a UAW Retiree
Owned Import
Took Overnight Test Drive
Incremental Allowance
Bonus Cash
Matching Downpayment

Needless to say, the car was FREE. He passed, saying he'd prefer to pay for a Toyota. The sales manager came in for the close and offered Two On Us. Didn't work. The car was already FREE. As a last ditch effort, the manager offered to remove the emblems.

Customer left saying he'd get back in touch.

Who is John Galt?
 
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