Chevrolet-Buick-GMC-Cadillac Sales Increase 20 Percent in April


    


    DETROIT, May 3 /CNW/ --

    --  Combined Retail Sales for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac Increase
        33 percent
    --  Seventh Consecutive Month of Combined Sales Gains for GM's Four Brands
    --  Calendar-Year-to-Date Sales for GM's Four Brands are up 31 Percent

    
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<p>A combined retail sales increase of 33 percent for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac propelled total sales for GM's four brands in the U.S. to 183,091 during the month. This represents a 20-percent increase from a year ago. For the calendar year-to-date, combined total sales for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac are up 31 percent.</p>
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<p>The continued year-over-year sales increases are largely being driven by the company's launch products, which now represent one of every four GM vehicles sold at retail. Year-to-date, combined sales of the Chevrolet Camaro, Chevrolet Equinox, Buick LaCrosse, GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX are up nearly 300 percent, at 110,176, compared to the vehicles they replaced.</p>
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<p>"Clearly, our launch vehicles are hitting the mark with consumers who are looking for bold styling, quality, safety and fuel efficiency," said <span class="xn-person">Steve Carlisle</span>, vice president of U.S. Sales Operations. "But our results aren't limited to just our newest vehicles. Sales of our full-size pickups and our mid-sized crossovers continue to strengthen."</p>
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<p>Retail sales of GM's full-size pickups, the Chevrolet Silverado, Avalanche and GMC Sierra were up a combined 20 percent in April, and are up 8 percent year-to-date. Retail sales of GM's mid-sized crossovers - the Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave and GMC Acadia - increased 26 percent in April and are 15 percent higher year-to-date.</p>
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<p>"The good news is that we have more on the way, including the all-new Buick Regal this spring and the Chevrolet Cruze in the third quarter," added Carlisle.</p>
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<p>Chevrolet dealers reported sales of 135,369 - 17 percent higher than April, 2009. Retail sales for the brand were 32 percent higher for the month. Retail sales of the Chevrolet Malibu surged 38 percent for the month - the seventh consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. The Chevrolet Silverado, Equinox, Traverse and Camaro all posted year-over-year retail sales increases of 20 percent or more (read more).</p>
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<p>Buick sales rose 36 percent for the month to 12,181 - the seventh consecutive month of double digit year-over-year sales increases. Retail sales for Buick rose 42 percent during April. Buick LaCrosse had its best retail month since 2005, with an increase of 237 percent for the month. Year-to-date sales of the LaCrosse have increased 154 percent, with 42 percent of sales coming from consumers who replaced a non-GM vehicle (read more).</p>
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<p>GMC sales of 24,224 were 18 percent higher than last year, while retail sales for the brand were up 37 percent. Sales were led by retail sales of the GMC Terrain, which were up 537 percent for the month versus the vehicle it replaced. For the year, sales of the Terrain are up 313 percent. The Terrain continues to attract new customers to the brand, where 46 percent of buyers are trading in a non-GM make (read more).</p>
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<p>Cadillac sales increased 36 percent to 11,317, while retail sales improved 31 percent for the month. April retail sales of the SRX were 504 percent higher than a year ago, and are up 405 percent for the year. The SRX continues to bring new customers to the Cadillac brand. Year-to-date, 49 percent of SRX buyers traded in a competitive brand (read more).</p>
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<p>Month-end dealer inventory in the U.S. stood at about 430,000 units, which is about 3,000 higher compared to <span class="xn-chron">March 2010</span>, and about 311,000 lower than <span class="xn-chron">April 2009</span>.</p>
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    April Key Facts:
    --  Chevrolet: total sales up 17 percent compared to a year ago;  retail
        sales up 32 percent; Chevrolet Equinox retail sales increased 276
        percent; Camaro retail sales continued to set the pace for the sport
        segment with 7,830 deliveries; Chevrolet Traverse retail sales were up
        30 percent for the month, and are up 10 percent for the year;
Silverado
        retail sales were up 23 percent, the second consecutive month with a
        retail sales increase of 20 percent or more.
    --  Buick: total sales up 36 percent; retail sales up 42 percent; Buick
        LaCrosse retail sales rose 237 percent and are up 154 percent for the
        year; Buick Enclave retail sales rose 29 percent in April and are up
11
        percent for the year.
    --  GMC: total sales up 18 percent; retail sales up 37 percent; GMC
Terrain
        retail sales were up 537 percent for the month and 313 percent for the
        year; GMC Acadia retail sales increased 20 percent for the month and
        are up 26 percent year-to-date
    --  Cadillac: total sales up 36 percent; retail sales up 31 percent;
        Cadillac SRX retail sales were up 504 percent for the month and 405
        percent for the year; Cadillac CTS had its best month of the year,
with
        retail sales up 9 percent vs. March.
    --  Fleet sales for GM's four brands were 58,000 for the month, down 2
        percent vs. the prior year.
    --  Crossovers for GM's four brands doubled sales in April compared to
last
        year.
    --  Combined Total and Retail sales for Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac
        have increased year-over-year for seven straight months.

    
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<p>About General Motors:  General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908.  With its global headquarters in <span class="xn-location">Detroit</span>, GM employs 217,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in some 140 countries.  GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 34 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands:  Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, FAW, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's largest national market is the <span class="xn-location">United States</span>, followed by <span class="xn-location">China</span>, <span class="xn-location">Brazil</span>, <span class="xn-location">Germany</span>, the <span class="xn-location">United Kingdom</span>, <span class="xn-location">Canada</span>, and <span class="xn-location">Italy</span>.  GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.  General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on <span class="xn-chron">July 10, 2009</span>, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation.  More information on the new General Motors can be found at <a href="http://www.gm.com">www.gm.com</a>.</p>
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    *S/D Curr: 26                                     (Calendar Year-to-Date)
                                April                    January -  April
                                -----                    ----------------
                                                     
                                                     
    *S/D                                    %Chg
     Prev:                          % Chg    per                        %Chg
     26             2010     2009   Volume   S/D      2010     2009    Volume
    ------          ----     ----   ------  -----     ----     ----   -------
    Vehicle
     Total       183,997  173,007      6.4    6.4  661,319  585,910      12.9
        Brand
         Total   183,091  152,997     19.7   19.7  652,444  499,132      30.7
        Other
         Brand
         Total       906   20,010    -95.5  -95.5    8,875   86,778     -89.8
        ------       ---   ------    -----  -----    -----   ------     -----
    
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    GM Vehicle Deliveries by Marketing Division
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                                             %Chg
                                      %Chg    per                        %Chg
                    2010     2009   Volume    S/D     2010     2009    Volume
                    ----     ----   ------    ---     ----     ----   -------
    Buick
     Total        12,181    8,928     36.4   36.4   44,317   29,462      50.4
    Cadillac
     Total        11,317    8,337     35.7   35.7   40,669   32,083      26.8
     Chevrolet
     Total
     **          135,369  115,265     17.4   17.4  473,827  362,710      30.6
    GMC
     Total
     **           24,224   20,467     18.4   18.4   93,631   74,877      25.0
        Brand
         Total   183,091  152,997     19.7   19.7  652,444  499,132      30.7
    HUMMER
     Total           481      913    -47.3  -47.3    1,336    4,019     -66.8
    Pontiac
     Total            52   10,838    -99.5  -99.5      634   51,725     -98.8
    Saab
     Total             0      892    ***.*  ***.*      608    3,824     -84.1
    Saturn
     Total           373    7,367    -94.9  -94.9    6,297   27,210     -76.9
        Other
         Brand
         Total       906   20,010    -95.5  -95.5    8,875   86,778     -89.8
    GM
     Vehicle
     Total       183,997  173,007      6.4    6.4  661,319  585,910      12.9
    --------     -------  -------      ---    ---  -------  -------      ----
    * Twenty-six selling days (S/D) for the April period
     this year and twenty-six for last year.
    ----------------------------------------------------
    **Effective August 2007, GM includes GMC & Chevrolet
     dealer deliveries of commercial vehicles distributed by
     American Isuzu Motors, Inc.
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                     April
                                               (Calendar Year-to-Date)
                                                  January - April
                                                  ---------------
                                               %Chg
                                      % Chg     per                     %Chg
                      2010    2009   Volume     S/D     2010    2009  Volume
                      ----    ----   ------   -----     ----    ---- -------
    Selling Days
     (S/D)              26      26
    -------            ---     ---
    Enclave          4,599   3,731     23.3    23.3   16,971  13,002    30.5
    LaCrosse         5,236   1,405    272.7   272.7   19,581   6,230   214.3
    Lucerne          2,346   3,789    -38.1   -38.1    7,765  10,209   -23.9
    Rainier              0       0    ***.*   ***.*        0       3   ***.*
    Rendezvous           0       0    ***.*   ***.*        0       1   ***.*
    Terraza              0       3    ***.*   ***.*        0      17   ***.*
        Buick
         Total      12,181   8,928     36.4    36.4   44,317  29,462    50.4
        ------      ------   -----     ----    ----   ------  ------    ----
    CTS              3,278   3,876    -15.4   -15.4   11,403  14,452   -21.1
    DTS              1,785   1,458     22.4    22.4    5,160   4,963     4.0
    Escalade         1,250     968     29.1    29.1    5,174   4,675    10.7
    Escalade
     ESV               602     479     25.7    25.7    2,216   2,077     6.7
    Escalade
     EXT               148     202    -26.7   -26.7      530     929   -42.9
    SRX              3,904     568    587.3   587.3   14,770   2,637   460.1
    STS                330     711    -53.6   -53.6    1,295   2,057   -37.0
    XLR                 20      75    -73.3   -73.3      121     293   -58.7
        Cadillac
         Total      11,317   8,337     35.7    35.7   40,669  32,083    26.8
        --------    ------   -----     ----    ----   ------  ------    ----
    Avalanche        1,530   1,582     -3.3    -3.3    5,550   4,780    16.1
    Aveo             2,777   2,158     28.7    28.7   10,861   7,602    42.9
    Camaro           9,150     614    ***.*   ***.*   29,907     614   ***.*
    Chevy C/T
     Series              1       3    -66.7   -66.7        4      12   -66.7
    Chevy W
     Series             32      63    -49.2   -49.2      143     280   -48.9
    Cobalt          13,701  10,627     28.9    28.9   51,080  32,065    59.3
    Colorado         2,010   2,676    -24.9   -24.9    7,241  10,389   -30.3
    Corvette         1,089   1,407    -22.6   -22.6    3,522   4,459   -21.0
    Equinox         11,987   4,128    190.4   190.4   42,366  17,354   144.1
    Express          4,806   4,540      5.9     5.9   15,477  14,858     4.2
    HHR              5,383   6,629    -18.8   -18.8   21,660  14,860    45.8
    Impala          16,144  17,532     -7.9    -7.9   54,417  45,047    20.8
    Kodiak
     4/5
     Series            141     252    -44.0   -44.0      642   1,302   -50.7
    Kodiak
     6/7/8
     Series             22      60    -63.3   -63.3       80     379   -78.9
    Malibu          16,536  14,665     12.8    12.8   65,875  50,265    31.1
    Monte
     Carlo               0       0    ***.*   ***.*        0       3   ***.*
     Silverado-
     C/K
     Pickup         29,618  26,437     12.0    12.0  102,098  93,720     8.9
    Suburban
     (Chevy)         5,087   4,424     15.0    15.0   12,967  10,132    28.0
    Tahoe            6,309   8,162    -22.7   -22.7   20,484  21,795    -6.0
    TrailBlazer         19     815    -97.7   -97.7      144   5,399   -97.3
    Traverse         9,020   8,204      9.9     9.9   29,259  26,345    11.1
    Uplander             7     287    -97.6   -97.6       50   1,050   -95.2
         Chevrolet
         Total     135,369 115,265     17.4    17.4  473,827 362,710    30.6
         --------- ------- -------     ----    ----  ------- -------    ----
    Acadia           4,877   4,764      2.4     2.4   23,639  17,752    33.2
    Canyon             527     964    -45.3   -45.3    2,352   3,289   -28.5
    Envoy                6     414    -98.6   -98.6       51   2,466   -97.9
    GMC C/T
     Series              2      44    -95.5   -95.5       45     154   -70.8
    GMC W
     Series             41     114    -64.0   -64.0      206     513   -59.8
    Savana           1,228   1,950    -37.0   -37.0    3,896   5,174   -24.7
    Sierra           9,360   8,273     13.1    13.1   32,862  30,781     6.8
    Terrain          4,404       0    ***.*   ***.*   17,380       2   ***.*
    Topkick
     4/5
     Series            118     169    -30.2   -30.2      577     780   -26.0
    Topkick
     6/7/8
     Series             26     152    -82.9   -82.9      147     638   -77.0
    Yukon            1,942   2,464    -21.2   -21.2    6,769   8,542   -20.8
    Yukon XL         1,693   1,159     46.1    46.1    5,707   4,786    19.2
        GMC
         Total      24,224  20,467     18.4    18.4   93,631  74,877    25.0
        ---         ------  ------     ----    ----   ------  ------    ----
        Brand
         Total     183,091 152,997     19.7    19.7  652,444 499,132    30.7
        ------     ------- -------     ----    ----  ------- -------    ----
        HUMMER
         Total         481     913    -47.3   -47.3    1,336   4,019   -66.8
        ------         ---     ---    -----   -----    -----   -----   -----
        Pontiac
         Total          52  10,838    -99.5   -99.5      634  51,725   -98.8
        -------        ---  ------    -----   -----      ---  ------   -----
        Saab
         Total           0     892    ***.*   ***.*      608   3,824   -84.1
        ------         ---     ---    -----   -----      ---   -----   -----
        Saturn
         Total         373   7,367    -94.9   -94.9    6,297  27,210   -76.9
        ------         ---   -----    -----   -----    -----  ------   -----
        Other
         Brand
         Total         906  20,010    -95.5   -95.5    8,875  86,778   -89.8
        ------         ---  ------    -----   -----    -----  ------   -----
        GM Total   183,997 173,007      6.4     6.4  661,319 585,910    12.9
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