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GM’s U.S. Sales Increase 16 Percent in January

Fri, Feb 1 2013

DETROIT – General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) announced today that it sold 194,699 vehicles in the United States in January, up 16 percent compared with a year ago. Retail sales were up 24 percent. Fleet sales were down 2 percent.

“The year is off to a very good start for General Motors,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. “There’s a sense of optimism among our dealers that only comes when you pair a growing economy with great new products. We started to see the benefits in 2012 with vehicles like the Chevrolet Sonic, Cadillac ATS and Buick Verano. Now in 2013, we’re entering the sweet spot of our product plan in a growing economy.”

Over the course of 2013, Chevrolet will launch the all-new Impala, SS, Silverado and Corvette, as well as the Cruze diesel and Spark EV. Buick is launching the Encore small crossover, followed by redesigns of the Regal and LaCrosse. GMC will launch an all-new Sierra. Cadillac will launch an all-new CTS.

January Highlights

  • Total Cadillac sales were up 47 percent, the brand had its highest January retail sales in 23 years and the ATS was named 2013 North American Car of the Year.
  • Year-over-year sales were up 32 percent at Buick, 23 percent at GMC and 11 percent at Chevrolet.
  • Car sales were up 12 percent compared with a year ago. Truck sales were up 13 percent and crossover sales were up 27 percent.
  • Sales of GM’s full-size pickups were up 32 percent to 50,230 units and inventories are in-line with the company’s sales and production plans for 2013.
  • Buick’s best-selling vehicles in January were the redesigned Enclave crossover, up 57 percent, and the all-new Verano.
  • Combined sales of Chevrolet’s mini, small and compact cars surpassed 25,000 units and were up 18 percent.
  • Chevrolet Malibu sales have increased each month since November, and were up 8 percent year over year in both total and retail sales.

Highlights

Jan. Total Sales

Change vs. Jan. 2012

 

Jan. Retail Sales

Change vs. Jan. 2012

Chevrolet

137,304

10.9%

 

92,394

18.2%

GMC

30,816

23.4%

 

28,464

31.5%

Buick

13,463

31.9%

 

12,418

30.4%

Cadillac

13,116

47.0%

 

12,341

47.4%

Total GM

194,699

15.9%

 

145,617

23.7%

 

Inventory

Units @

Jan. 31, 2013

Days Supply (selling day adjusted)

Units @

Dec. 31, 2012

Days Supply (selling day adjusted)

All Vehicles

737,885

95

717,025

76

Full-size Pickups

234,342

117

221,649

80

 

Industry Sales

Jan. SAAR (est.)

Calendar Year (est.)

Light Vehicles

15.3 million range

15.0 – 15.5 million range

 

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM’s brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.

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