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General Motors sales for April were up 27 percent over the same time last year—much better than forecasts predicted. The largest U.S. car company says it sold 232,538 vehicles last month, led by small cars and crossover vehicles

GM says it sold more than 25,000 Chevrolet Cruze compact cars. It was the best month for the Cruze since it was introduced last fall.

With gasoline averaging almost $4 per gallon, consumers are beginning to trade in larger vehicles for smaller, more fuel efficient ones.

“Recently, rising fuel prices have led many to re-think their vehicle choice,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “Because of the investments we’ve made in fuel-efficiency and global product architectures, the company is well positioned to meet these needs.”

During the first quarter of 2011, the company’s retail share of the small, compact and compact crossover segments improved by an estimated 3.4 full share points, compared to the first quarter of 2010. Much of this improvement is due to improved availability of the popular Equinox and Terrain and the launch of the all-new Cruze.

Compared to March, retail sales rose 4 percent though incentive spending decreased more than 10 percent, Johnson said.
April deliveries to commercial accounts rose 21 percent – the 13th consecutive month of commercial sales gains.

Combined retail sales for vehicles launched since June 2009 – Chevrolet Equinox, Silverado HD, Cruze, Camaro Convertible and Volt; Buick LaCrosse and Regal; GMC Sierra HD and Terrain; and Cadillac SRX, CTS Wagon and CTS Coupe – jumped 76 percent during April and are up 76 percent for the year through April.

GM U.S. Deliveries for April 2011 by Model
April (Calendar Year-to-Date)

January –  April

2011 2010 % Chg

Volume

%Chg

per S/D

2011 2010 %Chg

Volume

Selling Days (S/D) 27 26
Enclave 5,230 4,599 13.7 9.5 19,675 16,971 15.9
LaCrosse 5,649 5,236 7.9 3.9 18,588 19,581 -5.1
Lucerne 3,009 2,346 28.3 23.5 10,681 7,765 37.6
Regal 4,525 0 ***.* ***.* 14,208 0 ***.*
Buick Total 18,413 12,181 51.2 45.6 63,152 44,317 42.5
CTS 4,220 3,278 28.7 24.0 18,519 11,403 62.4
DTS 1,906 1,785 6.8 2.8 6,363 5,160 23.3
Escalade 970 1,250 -22.4 -25.3 4,964 5,174 -4.1
Escalade ESV 628 602 4.3 0.5 2,608 2,216 17.7
Escalade EXT 135 148 -8.8 -12.2 604 530 14.0
SRX 4,380 3,904 12.2 8.0 18,339 14,770 24.2
STS 887 330 168.8 158.8 2,240 1,295 73.0
XLR 1 20 -95.0 -95.2 2 121 -98.3
Cadillac Total 13,127 11,317 16.0 11.7 53,639 40,669 31.9
Avalanche 1,339 1,530 -12.5 -15.7 5,805 5,550 4.6
Aveo 4,645 2,777 67.3 61.1 12,859 10,861 18.4
Camaro 10,852 9,150 18.6 14.2 30,824 29,907 3.1
Chevy C/T Series 0 1 ***.* ***.* 0 4 ***.*
Chevy W Series 0 32 ***.* ***.* 0 143 ***.*
Cobalt 37 13,701 -99.7 -99.7 679 51,080 -98.7
Colorado 2,789 2,010 38.8 33.6 10,160 7,241 40.3
Corvette 1,454 1,089 33.5 28.6 4,293 3,522 21.9
Cruze 25,160 0 ***.* ***.* 75,365 0 ***.*
Equinox 17,067 11,987 42.4 37.1 60,297 42,366 42.3
Express 5,885 4,806 22.5 17.9 21,030 15,477 35.9
HHR 6,222 5,383 15.6 11.3 27,435 21,660 26.7
Impala 21,071 16,144 30.5 25.7 70,612 54,417 29.8
Kodiak 4/5 Series 0 141 ***.* ***.* 0 642 ***.*
Kodiak 6/7/8 Series 0 22 ***.* ***.* 0 80 ***.*
Malibu 24,701 16,536 49.4 43.8 73,446 65,875 11.5
Silverado-C/K Pickup 29,342 29,618 -0.9 -4.6 121,797 102,098 19.3
Suburban (Chevy) 3,613 5,087 -29.0 -31.6 11,298 12,967 -12.9
Tahoe 5,458 6,309 -13.5 -16.7 22,651 20,484 10.6
TrailBlazer 0 19 ***.* ***.* 11 144 -92.4
Traverse 9,666 9,020 7.2 3.2 36,034 29,259 23.2
Uplander 0 7 ***.* ***.* 0 50 ***.*
Volt 493 0 ***.* ***.* 1,703 0 ***.*
Chevrolet Total 169,794 135,369 25.4 20.8 586,299 473,827 23.7
Acadia 6,912 4,877 41.7 36.5 26,600 23,639 12.5
Canyon 619 527 17.5 13.1 2,843 2,352 20.9
Envoy 0 6 ***.* ***.* 1 51 -98.0
GMC C/T Series 0 2 ***.* ***.* 0 45 ***.*
GMC W Series 0 41 ***.* ***.* 0 206 ***.*
Savana 2,784 1,228 126.7 118.3 5,475 3,896 40.5
Sierra 10,523 9,360 12.4 8.3 44,468 32,862 35.3
Terrain 7,205 4,404 63.6 57.5 27,065 17,380 55.7
Topkick 4/5 Series 0 118 ***.* ***.* 0 577 ***.*
Topkick 6/7/8 Series 0 26 ***.* ***.* 0 147 ***.*
Yukon 1,937 1,942 -0.3 -4.0 9,501 6,769 40.4
Yukon XL 1,224 1,693 -27.7 -30.4 6,040 5,707 5.8
GMC Total 31,204 24,224 28.8 24.0 121,993 93,631 30.3
Brand Total 232,538 183,091 27.0 22.3 825,083 652,444 26.5
HUMMER Total 0 481 ***.* ***.* 0 1,336 ***.*
Pontiac Total 0 52 ***.* ***.* 0 634 ***.*
Saab Total 0 0 ***.* ***.* 0 608 ***.*
Saturn Total 0 373 ***.* ***.* 0 6,297 ***.*
Other Brand Total 0 906 ***.* ***.* 0 8,875 ***.*
GM Vehicle Total 232,538 183,997 26.4 21.7 825,083 661,319 24.8