GM managed to surpass Ford in government sales for the first time since the US automaker received the bailout.
In the fiscal year ending September 30th, GM sold 19,404 vehicles in the US, an increase of 3.6% compared with 2011, while Ford, which didn’t receive a US bailout, sold 10,734 vehicles, a decrease of 43%.
“GM is really just resuming the status quo from before bailout, getting back to so-called normal,” said Michelle Krebs, a senior analyst at Edmunds.com, which tracks vehicle sales and pricing. “And they have the right product again, so it’s beyond the politics and it’s what’s practical.”
In 2009 GM and Chrysler received a $80 billion U.S. bailout, a move which brought a significant change in the auto market and which has also drawn Republicans’ criticism that the US might show favoritism to these automakers. In 2011 total government-fleet sales accounted for 3% of GM’s business, according to Kurt McNeil, vice president for U.S. sales and service.
Dan Cruz, a GSA spokesman, said that the annual competitive bidding decides which automaker gains an advantage. According to Edmunds.com, in September 2012 the retail model average sticker price was $33,066. Data shows that GSA purchases from Chrysler dropped 11% to 9,468 vehicles as sales of the federal fleet fell 8.6% to 50,114 units.