GM’s U.S. sales up 7 percent in November image

General Motors today reported total sales of 180, 402 vehicles in November, up 7 percent compared with November 2010.

Retail deliveries were up 15 percent compared with the same month a year ago and accounted for 77 percent of GM sales. Meanwhile, deliveries to fleets were down 14 percent. “We are seeing a broad spectrum of customers return to the market. Truck sales showed a very solid increase, as we expected, but the momentum building behind our most fuel-efficient vehicles was even stronger,” said Don Johnson, vice president GM U.S. Sales Operations.

In November, combined sales of GM small and compact cars were up 54 percent compared with a year ago. The performers were the new Chevrolet Sonic and consistently strong-selling Chevrolet Cruze. GM’s total passenger car sales increased 1 percent, crossover sales decreased 9 percent and sales of trucks, which include full-size pickups, vans and SUVs, increased 25 percent.

Highlights for the month include a 34-percent increase in Chevrolet Silverado sales and a 22-percent increase in GMC Sierra sales. Other vehicles posting double-digit sales increases were the Chevrolet Cruze, Camaro, Avalanche, Colorado, Suburban, Tahoe and Express van, the GMC Yukon and Yukon XL, and the Cadillac SRX.

GM ended November with about 620,000 units in dealer stock and expects to end the year with inventory in the high 500,000-unit range, including approximately 200,000 full-size pickup trucks.