GM Sales Rise in May

The incredible series of investment announcements made by American manufacturer GM over the past few weeks seems to be backed by the increasing appetite the Americans are displaying for its vehicles. In May, 221,192 people bought a GM car, nine percent more that the same month of 2010. At the same time, however, fleet sales decreased during the last month.

The rise in sales was supported by most of the brand's vehicles of the moment, starting with the Chevrolet Cruze, which had its best retail sales since its launch (18,996 retail sales) and ending with the GMC Terrain and Chevrolet Equinox, who combined posted an increase of 58 percent.

As is the case with Ford, who posted its sales figures for last month as well, GM says that the increase in sales was driven by the fuel efficient models in its lineup, models that are becoming more and more attractive to customers as the prices for fuel keep increasing.

Not all was great in the GM back yard last month though. The car maker reported a 16 percent decrease in fleet sales, as rental volumes declined 21 percent. On the other side of the coin, deliveries to commercial accounts rose 19 percent, for the 14th consecutive month of commercial sales.

"Customers continue to demand better fuel economy and our commitment to produce high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles is paying off," said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. "We expect that fuel prices will continue to be volatile and we’re prepared to continue meeting the needs of an ever-changing market." 
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