In June GM reported sales of 248,750 units, up 16% compared to 2011 and the highest sales since September 2008.
“Across the board, June was a strong month for GM,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “The combination of new products, available credit, lower fuel prices and modest economic growth was a stronger influence on consumer behavior than economic and political uncertainty.”
GM’s passenger car sales were up 12%, thanks to a 32% Chevrolet Malibu sales increase and 21% increase for Buick LaCrosse sales. Buick, GMC, Cadillac and Chevrolet’s crossover models were up 30% from last year. Truck sales, including van, SUV and pickup models, were up 11%.
Retail deliveries increased with 8%, fleet deliveries with 36%, mostly due to the timing of customer deliveries. Sales of GM’s newest models continue to perform well in June, with 4,091 Buick Verano units, and 6,785 Chevrolet Sonic units, being the retail sales leader in its segment. The new Cadillac XTS arrived in showrooms in June and since then 750 units were delivered. In about one year and a half 70% of the company’s nameplates will be redesigned or all-new.