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Truck Sales Up 30 Percent; GM Sets Monthly Utility Sales Record for Industry

DETROIT – General Motors dealers sold 363,181 new cars and trucks in November, up 22 percent compared with November 2002. GM’s overall truck sales (214,149) were up 30 percent. Car sales (149,032) were up 13 percent.

“GM’s November sales reflected substantial increases across nearly every segment, led by strong sales of our full-size pickups, the Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche and GMC Sierra,” said John Smith, group vice president of GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. “We’ve achieved year-over-year gains at Chevrolet, GMC, Saab, HUMMER and Cadillac, with Cadillac on track to achieve sales of over 200,000 units for the first time in nearly 10 years. With great new vehicles like the Chevrolet Malibu and Malibu Maxx, Cadillac SRX and XLR, GMC Canyon, Pontiac GTO and Buick Rainier and the launch of 12 all-new cars and trucks next year, we feel like we’re really hitting on all cylinders as we wrap up 2003.”

GM Truck Sales

GM’s industry-leading truck lineup posted exceptionally strong sales results in November. GM truck sales for the month were up 30 percent, driven by sales of full-size pickups (68,804), which were up 23.5 percent and led the industry. Chevrolet full-size pickup sales were 54,553, which was a 25 percent improvement over last year. Additionally, GMC Sierra deliveries (14,251) were up 17 percent. Sales of sport utility vehicles (106,671) set a monthly record and were 39 percent higher than year-ago levels. This was the seventh time in the last eight months that sales of GM utilities surpassed 100,000 units. Medium utility deliveries were 47,591, up 55 percent, and full-size utilities improved 45.5 percent with 49,502 deliveries.

GM Car Sales

GM car sales were up 13 percent in November, driven by strong sales in the important luxury segment (22,070), which was up 18.5 percent. Cadillac DeVille deliveries (8,090) increased 35 percent, and Saab 9-3 sales were up 75 percent with 2,586 deliveries. GM sales in the entry-level segment (38,102) were up 56 percent. Chevrolet Cavalier had 18,354 deliveries, a 53 percent improvement over year-ago levels. Mid-size car sales (80,693) improved 1.5 percent, with Pontiac Grand Prix deliveries (12,582) up 16 percent over last year.

Divisional Highlights

Chevrolet – Chevrolet sales (196,244) were up 30 percent in November. Car sales (59,556) improved 33 percent, and truck sales (136,688) jumped 29 percent. Truck sales were led by Chevrolet’s full-size pickups. Silverado sales (47,599) were up 22 percent from year-ago levels, and Avalanche had a 56 percent sales increase with 6,954 deliveries. TrailBlazer sales (20,595) were up 36 percent. Tahoe sales (15,055) improved 44 percent, and Suburban sales jumped 50 percent with 11,743 deliveries.

Cadillac – Cadillac had its best November since 1989 with 21,703 deliveries, up 43 percent over last year and remained on track to sell more than 200,000 vehicles for the calendar year for the first time in nearly 10 years. Truck sales (7,425) improved 108 percent, paced by a 35.5 percent increase in Escalade sales (3,398) and SRX deliveries, which totaled 1,703 in November. Cadillac car sales (14,278) improved 23 percent from year-ago levels, driven by strong DeVille sales (8,090), which were up 35 percent.

GMC – GMC remained on a record sales pace with solid sales in November (43,572), 33 percent higher than last year. Utility sales set a monthly record with 23,210 deliveries.

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