General Motors US auto sales up 1% in February image

General Motors says its U.S. sales rose 1.1 percent in February to 209,306 vehicles.

Analysts had expected the company to post lower sales compared with last February, when it offered big discounts.

Chevrolet passenger car sales were up 13 percent, fueled by strong Cruze sales and with the Sonic posting its best month ever with 7,900 sales. GM commercial truck deliveries also soared 35 percent, according to the automaker.

Chevy Silverado pickup sales rose nearly 2 percent to just over 32,000.
In addition, sales of its plug-in Chevrolet Volt rebounded in February — with the automaker selling 1,023 units — up from 603 in January.

GM’s incentives fell 3.5 percentage points from a year earlier, to 9.5% of the average price paid by a customer. reports light vehicle sales in the U.S. are expected to be 1.01 million units this month, up 9.6 percent from February 2011 and up 19.2 percent from January 2012.

On average, 38 analysts surveyed by Thomson Reuters expected February sales to hit an annualized pace of 14 million vehicles. That would be up from 13.3 million a year earlier.