Even if GM is going through a recall that involves 30 million cars, its sales are turning up quite well. General Motors crossovers are up 26%, the SUVs – 32% and the vans – 65%, making General Motors have its best July sales since 2007.
Compared to 2013, this year’s July sales for GM are up 9% with 256.160 cars sold. If retail sales are only up 4%, commercial deliveries gained a significant 69% and fleet deliveries rose 21%.
U.S. vice president of Sales Operations, Kurt McNeil, said “Sales of utility vehicles soared in July because American families feel better about the economy than they have in a long time, and they are finding an incredible variety of redesigned and all-new models in our showrooms.“
General Motors was the first automaker to pass the million-unit milestone in both 2013 and 2014. In July a number of 100.122 crossover and SUVs were sold compared to last year’s July, reporting a 26% increase. Large non-luxury SUVs were also up 25% and including the all-new Cadillac Escalade, total SUV sales increased 32%.
McNeil added that “The economy has bounced back strongly from the harsh winter, consumer confidence has reached a post-recession high, energy prices remain moderate and job growth continues. The stage is set for strong sales through the balance of the year. In particular, there is a lot of pent-up demand for our new large SUVs and we expect pickup deliveries to be strong, as they usually are in the second half of the year.”
By Gabriela Florea