Fuel-Efficient Vehicles Propel General Motors April U.S. Sales Increase of 27 Percent

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    DETROIT, May 3, 2011 /CNW/ --

    --  Chevrolet Cruze posts best month since launch with 25,160 total sales
    --  GMC Terrain, Chevrolet Equinox set April sales records
    --  Retail sales rose 25 percent for April; up 35 percent year to date
    --  Incentives decline more than 10 percent while retail sales rise 4
        percent from March

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General Motors dealers in the United States reported 232,538 total sales in April, a 27-percent increase versus April a year ago. Solid gains by GM's lineup of fuel-efficient passenger cars and crossovers powered the gains, led by the best sales month for the Chevrolet Cruze and record sales for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain compact crossovers.

Retail sales, those to individual customers, rose 25 percent versus last April with cars and crossovers up 49 percent and 28 percent, respectively. Retail sales for the Cruze were 180 percent higher than the Chevrolet Cobalt it replaced. The Equinox and Terrain also posted retail sales records, up 53 and 61 percent respectively.

With gasoline averaging almost $4 per gallon, consumers are beginning to trade in larger vehicles for smaller, more fuel efficient ones.

"Recently, rising fuel prices have led many to re-think their vehicle choice," said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. "Because of the investments we've made in fuel-efficiency and global product architectures, the company is well positioned to meet these needs."

During the first quarter of 2011, the company's retail share of the small, compact and compact crossover segments improved by an estimated 3.4 full share points, compared to the first quarter of 2010. Much of this improvement is due to improved availability of the popular Equinox and Terrain and the launch of the all-new Cruze.

Compared to March, retail sales rose 4 percent though incentive spending decreased more than 10 percent, Johnson said.

April deliveries to commercial accounts rose 21 percent - the 13th consecutive month of commercial sales gains.

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    GM's Newest Vehicles Retail Sales Soar 76 Percent in April
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Combined retail sales for vehicles launched since June 2009 - Chevrolet Equinox, Silverado HD, Cruze, Camaro Convertible and Volt; Buick LaCrosse and Regal; GMC Sierra HD and Terrain; and Cadillac SRX, CTS Wagon and CTS Coupe - jumped 76 percent during April and are up 76 percent for the year through April.

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    Passenger Cars
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Total sales of GM passenger cars improved 50 percent during April, led by the sale of 25,160 Cruzes and 24,701 Chevrolet Malibus. Retail sales of GM passenger cars climbed 49 percent for the month. The Cruze and Chevrolet Camaro Convertible recorded their highest retail sales since launch. For the year-to-date, retail sales of GM's passenger cars were up 49 percent, also led by the Cruze, up 195 percent for the year compared to the Chevrolet Cobalt.

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    Crossovers
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The Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac brands each set April total and retail sales records for crossover sales, driven by a 49-percent increase in combined retail sales by the Equinox, Terrain and SRX. The three also set individual April records for retail sales. For the year-to-date, retail sales of GM's industry-leading crossovers were up 29 percent.

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    Pickups
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Total combined sales of Chevrolet Silverado and Avalanche, and GMC Sierra increased 2 percent; with retail sales down 2 percent versus a year ago. For the year-to-date, retail sales for GM's full-size pickups are up 26 percent, while total sales of 172,070 units represent a 22-percent increase.

Month-end dealer inventory in the United States stood at about 577,000 units, up about 3,000 units compared to March and about 149,000 higher than April 2010.

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    Brand Key Facts:
    --  Chevrolet: Chevrolet dealers delivered 169,794 total vehicles in
April,
        a 25-percent increase versus last year. Retail sales for Chevrolet
were
        up 25 percent. Cruze retail sales were 180 percent higher than the
        Chevrolet Cobalt. Equinox retail sales increased 53 percent (read
        more).
    --  Buick: Buick reported 18,413 total sales, a 51-percent increase
        compared to April 2010. This includes a 35-percent rise in
        year-over-year retail sales, led by demand for the all-new Regal,
which
        is attracting large numbers of non-GM owners to the brand. April was
        the 19th consecutive month of year-over-year sales gains for the brand
        (read more).
    --  GMC: GMC reported total sales of 31,204, a 29-percent increase
compared
        to the same month last year, also the 19th consecutive month of
        year-over-year sales increases. Retail sales were 23 percent higher
        than last year, driven by continued strong retail demand for the
        Terrain, with sales up 61 percent (read more).
    --  Cadillac: Cadillac reported total sales of 13,127 for April - 16
        percent higher than last April, with retail sales increasing 25
        percent. April was the 15th consecutive month of year-over-year total
        and retail sales gains. CTS retail sales continued to set the pace,
        rising 52 percent, driven by strong demand for the CTS Coupe (read
        more).
    --  Fleet sales for GM's four brands were 75,868 for the month, a
        31-percent increase for the month, with sales to commercial customers
        increasing 21 percent - the 13th consecutive month of commercial fleet
        sales gains. Fleet accounted for 33 percent of GM total sales during
        the month.

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About General Motors - General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 202,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM's largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

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GM U.S. Deliveries for April 2011 - Divisional Brand Level

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    *S/D Curr: 27                                   April
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    *S/D Prev: 26                        2011      2010    % Chg     %Chg
    -------------                        ----      ----    -----     ----
                                                          Volume   per S/D
                                                          ------   -------
    Vehicle Total                     232,538   183,997      26.4     21.7
        Brand Total                   232,538   183,091      27.0     22.3
        Other Brand Total                   0       906     ***.*    ***.*
        -----------------                 ---       ---     -----    -----
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    GM Vehicle Deliveries by
     Marketing Division
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                                         2011      2010      %Chg     %Chg
                                         ----      ----      ----     ----
                                                           Volume  per S/D
                                                           ------  -------
    Buick Total                        18,413    12,181      51.2     45.6
    Cadillac Total                     13,127    11,317      16.0     11.7
    Chevrolet Total **                169,794   135,369      25.4     20.8
    GMC Total **                       31,204    24,224      28.8     24.0
        Brand Total                   232,538   183,091      27.0     22.3
    HUMMER Total                            0       481     ***.*    ***.*
    Pontiac Total                           0        52     ***.*    ***.*
    Saab Total                              0         0     ***.*    ***.*
    Saturn Total                            0       373     ***.*    ***.*
        Other Brand Total                   0       906     ***.*    ***.*
    GM Vehicle Total                  232,538   183,997      26.4     21.7
    ----------------                  -------   -------      ----     ----



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                                         (Calendar Year-to-
    *S/D Curr: 27                              Date)
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                                          January - April
                                          ---------------
    *S/D Prev: 26                        2011      2010   %Chg
    -------------                        ----      ----   ----
                                                         Volume
                                                         ------
    Vehicle Total                     825,083   661,319    24.8
        Brand Total                   825,083   652,444    26.5
        Other Brand Total                   0     8,875   ***.*
        -----------------                 ---     -----   -----
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    GM Vehicle Deliveries by
     Marketing Division
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                                         2011      2010    %Chg
                                         ----      ----    ----
                                                         Volume
                                                         ------
    Buick Total                        63,152    44,317    42.5
    Cadillac Total                     53,639    40,669    31.9
    Chevrolet Total **                586,299   473,827    23.7
    GMC Total **                      121,993    93,631    30.3
        Brand Total                   825,083   652,444    26.5
    HUMMER Total                            0     1,336   ***.*
    Pontiac Total                           0       634   ***.*
    Saab Total                              0       608   ***.*
    Saturn Total                            0     6,297   ***.*
        Other Brand Total                   0     8,875   ***.*
    GM Vehicle Total                  825,083   661,319    24.8
    ----------------                  -------   -------    ----
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    *  Twenty-seven selling days for the April period this year and
    twenty-six for last year.
    **Calendar Year 2010 includes GMC & Chevrolet dealer deliveries of
    commercial vehicles distributed by American Isuzu Motors, Inc.




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GM U.S. Deliveries for April 2011 by Model

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                                             April
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                               2011      2010    % Chg     %Chg
                               ----      ----    -----     ----
                                                         per S/
                                                Volume        D
                                                ------   ------
    Selling Days (S/D)           27        26
    ------------------          ---       ---
    Enclave                   5,230     4,599     13.7      9.5
    LaCrosse                  5,649     5,236      7.9      3.9
    Lucerne                   3,009     2,346     28.3     23.5
    Regal                     4,525         0    ***.*    ***.*
        Buick Total          18,413    12,181     51.2     45.6
        -----------          ------    ------     ----     ----
    CTS                       4,220     3,278     28.7     24.0
    DTS                       1,906     1,785      6.8      2.8
    Escalade                    970     1,250    -22.4    -25.3
    Escalade ESV                628       602      4.3      0.5
    Escalade EXT                135       148     -8.8    -12.2
    SRX                       4,380     3,904     12.2      8.0
    STS                         887       330    168.8    158.8
    XLR                           1        20    -95.0    -95.2
        Cadillac Total       13,127    11,317     16.0     11.7
        --------------       ------    ------     ----     ----
    Avalanche                 1,339     1,530    -12.5    -15.7
    Aveo                      4,645     2,777     67.3     61.1
    Camaro                   10,852     9,150     18.6     14.2
    Chevy C/T Series              0         1    ***.*    ***.*
    Chevy W Series                0        32    ***.*    ***.*
    Cobalt                       37    13,701    -99.7    -99.7
    Colorado                  2,789     2,010     38.8     33.6
    Corvette                  1,454     1,089     33.5     28.6
    Cruze                    25,160         0    ***.*    ***.*
    Equinox                  17,067    11,987     42.4     37.1
    Express                   5,885     4,806     22.5     17.9
    HHR                       6,222     5,383     15.6     11.3
    Impala                   21,071    16,144     30.5     25.7
    Kodiak 4/5 Series             0       141    ***.*    ***.*
    Kodiak 6/7/8 Series           0        22    ***.*    ***.*
    Malibu                   24,701    16,536     49.4     43.8
    Silverado-C/K
     Pickup                  29,342    29,618     -0.9     -4.6
    Suburban (Chevy)          3,613     5,087    -29.0    -31.6
    Tahoe                     5,458     6,309    -13.5    -16.7
    TrailBlazer                   0        19    ***.*    ***.*
    Traverse                  9,666     9,020      7.2      3.2
    Uplander                      0         7    ***.*    ***.*
    Volt                        493         0    ***.*    ***.*
        Chevrolet Total     169,794   135,369     25.4     20.8
        ---------------     -------   -------     ----     ----
    Acadia                    6,912     4,877     41.7     36.5
    Canyon                      619       527     17.5     13.1
    Envoy                         0         6    ***.*    ***.*
    GMC C/T Series                0         2    ***.*    ***.*
    GMC W Series                  0        41    ***.*    ***.*
    Savana                    2,784     1,228    126.7    118.3
    Sierra                   10,523     9,360     12.4      8.3
    Terrain                   7,205     4,404     63.6     57.5
    Topkick 4/5 Series            0       118    ***.*    ***.*
    Topkick 6/7/8
     Series                       0        26    ***.*    ***.*
    Yukon                     1,937     1,942     -0.3     -4.0
    Yukon XL                  1,224     1,693    -27.7    -30.4
        GMC Total            31,204    24,224     28.8     24.0
        ---------            ------    ------     ----     ----
        Brand Total         232,538   183,091     27.0     22.3
        -----------         -------   -------     ----     ----
        HUMMER Total              0       481    ***.*    ***.*
        ------------            ---       ---    -----    -----
        Pontiac Total             0        52    ***.*    ***.*
        -------------           ---       ---    -----    -----
        Saab Total                0         0    ***.*    ***.*
        ----------              ---       ---    -----    -----
        Saturn Total              0       373    ***.*    ***.*
        ------------            ---       ---    -----    -----
        Other Brand Total         0       906    ***.*    ***.*
        -----------------       ---       ---    -----    -----
        GM Vehicle Total    232,538   183,997     26.4     21.7
        ----------------    -------   -------     ----     ----



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                              (Calendar Year-to-Date)
                              -----------------------
                                  January -  April
                                  ----------------
                               2011      2010     %Chg
                               ----      ----     ----
                                                Volume
                                                ------
    Selling Days (S/D)
    ------------------
    Enclave                  19,675    16,971     15.9
    LaCrosse                 18,588    19,581     -5.1
    Lucerne                  10,681     7,765     37.6
    Regal                    14,208         0    ***.*
        Buick Total          63,152    44,317     42.5
        -----------          ------    ------     ----
    CTS                      18,519    11,403     62.4
    DTS                       6,363     5,160     23.3
    Escalade                  4,964     5,174     -4.1
    Escalade ESV              2,608     2,216     17.7
    Escalade EXT                604       530     14.0
    SRX                      18,339    14,770     24.2
    STS                       2,240     1,295     73.0
    XLR                           2       121    -98.3
        Cadillac Total       53,639    40,669     31.9
        --------------       ------    ------     ----
    Avalanche                 5,805     5,550      4.6
    Aveo                     12,859    10,861     18.4
    Camaro                   30,824    29,907      3.1
    Chevy C/T Series              0         4    ***.*
    Chevy W Series                0       143    ***.*
    Cobalt                      679    51,080    -98.7
    Colorado                 10,160     7,241     40.3
    Corvette                  4,293     3,522     21.9
    Cruze                    75,365         0    ***.*
    Equinox                  60,297    42,366     42.3
    Express                  21,030    15,477     35.9
    HHR                      27,435    21,660     26.7
    Impala                   70,612    54,417     29.8
    Kodiak 4/5 Series             0       642    ***.*
    Kodiak 6/7/8 Series           0        80    ***.*
    Malibu                   73,446    65,875     11.5
    Silverado-C/K
     Pickup                 121,797   102,098     19.3
    Suburban (Chevy)         11,298    12,967    -12.9
    Tahoe                    22,651    20,484     10.6
    TrailBlazer                  11       144    -92.4
    Traverse                 36,034    29,259     23.2
    Uplander                      0        50    ***.*
    Volt                      1,703         0    ***.*
        Chevrolet Total     586,299   473,827     23.7
        ---------------     -------   -------     ----
    Acadia                   26,600    23,639     12.5
    Canyon                    2,843     2,352     20.9
    Envoy                         1        51    -98.0
    GMC C/T Series                0        45    ***.*
    GMC W Series                  0       206    ***.*
    Savana                    5,475     3,896     40.5
    Sierra                   44,468    32,862     35.3
    Terrain                  27,065    17,380     55.7
    Topkick 4/5 Series            0       577    ***.*
    Topkick 6/7/8
     Series                       0       147    ***.*
    Yukon                     9,501     6,769     40.4
    Yukon XL                  6,040     5,707      5.8
        GMC Total           121,993    93,631     30.3
        ---------           -------    ------     ----
        Brand Total         825,083   652,444     26.5
        -----------         -------   -------     ----
        HUMMER Total              0     1,336    ***.*
        ------------            ---     -----    -----
        Pontiac Total             0       634    ***.*
        -------------           ---       ---    -----
        Saab Total                0       608    ***.*
        ----------              ---       ---    -----
        Saturn Total              0     6,297    ***.*
        ------------            ---     -----    -----
        Other Brand Total         0     8,875    ***.*
        -----------------       ---     -----    -----
        GM Vehicle Total    825,083   661,319     24.8
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