U.S. Auto Sales: GM sales up 16 percent to 226,402 units in October [table] image

General Motors, the world second largest auto company said it sold 226,402 new vehicles during the month of October, an increase of 16 percent compared to the same period in 2012 when the automaker sold nearly 196,000 units.

The Detroit based car maker said retail sales were up 16 percent last month and fleet sales were up 14 percent, even if the U.S. government was shut down for 16 days.

“Chevrolet, Cadillac and Buick-GMC all performed well in the month, and the sales tempo really picked up after the government shutdown ended,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president, U.S. sales operations.

“We are particularly pleased with our truck momentum. Chevrolet and GMC have the newest and best light duty trucks, sales are accelerating and we are gearing up for the second, third and fourth phases of our strategic truck plan.”

GM’s top-selling vehicle, the Chevrolet Silverado pickup recorded an increase of 10 percent and sales of the GMC Sierra pickup increased 13 percent.
GM’s increase outpaced crosstown rivals like Chrysler and Ford, which reported a 11 percent gain / 14 percent gain.

Other automakers including VW and Toyota are expected to report sales throughout today.