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General Motors May US Sales Up 13 Percent

In spite of the 15.8 million vehicles recalled over safety issues since the 1st of January, a tarnished GM announced that May 2014 is the Detroit manufacturer's best sales month since August 2008. While total sales were up 13 percent, retail sales volume increased by a respectable 10 percentage points compared to a year ago.
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Kurt McNeill, GM U.S. vice president of sales operations declared that “the momentum we generated in April carried into May, with all four brands performing well in a growing economy and 17 vehicle lines posting double-digit retail sales increases or better.”

Starting with Chevrolet, the golden bowtie brand's C7 Corvette Stingray sold like hotcakes compared to May 2013. Deliveries of America's favorite sports car were up a soaring 268 percentage points, while the Spark city car's sales volume doubled. The brawny Camaro moved 30 percent more units over May 2013, while Impala sales were up 23 percent. As for the popular Cruze and Malibu sedans, sales were up 41 and 12 percent, respectively.

Retail sales of large SUVs bearing the Chevrolet and GMC badges doubled, with the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain selling 16 and 13 percent more units over the same period last year. May deliveries of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra pickup truck lineups were up for the third consecutive month. Overall, Chevrolet moved 205,010 vehicles the former month, while GMC sold 45,039 units.

Buick Regal sales increased by 49 percentage points, but the best-selling model of the range was the Encore luxury small crossover, which managed a 112.8 percent sales volume change compared to May 2013. At Cadillac, sales of the CTS sedan were up by 39 percent and Escalade deliveries soared by 30 percent. The SRX luxury crossover reported its best ever May thanks to a 27 sales increase.

Commercial fleet sales and small business deliveries were also on the rise, with full-size van and full-size pickups sales up 46 and 35 percent, respectively. According to General Motors, the timing of rental customer deliveries is the prime factor for this hike, with May likely to represent the company’s highest fleet volume month of 2014.

 Download: General Motors Deliveries May 2014 (PDF)


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