GM’s U.S. Sales up 5 percent in December

DETROIT – General Motors Co.’s (NYSE: GM) U.S. dealers delivered the company’s highest December sales in five years, with deliveries up 5 percent year over year to 245,733 vehicles.

DETROIT – General Motors Co.’s (NYSE: GM) U.S. dealers delivered the company’s highest December sales in five years, with deliveries up 5 percent year over year to 245,733 vehicles.

December was also GM’s best retail sales month of 2012. Retail volume was up 38 percent from November – about double the industry’s estimated increase. Incentive spending was competitive with industry-wide levels, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates, and remains below many Asian and domestic competitors.

“All four GM brands increased their sales year over year in December and we were strong across the board in cars, crossovers and pickup trucks,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. “We also achieved an important fuel economy milestone. In December, GM became the first U.S. automaker to sell more than 1 million vehicles in a single year that get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway.”

December Highlights

  • Total GM passenger car sales increased 14 percent compared with a year ago. Crossover sales were up 2 percent and sales of trucks, which include pickups, vans and SUVs, were equal to a year ago.
  • Compared with November, total car sales increased 18 percent, truck sales increased 52 percent and crossover sales increased 22 percent.
  • Combined mini, small and compact car sales were up 52 percent year over year driven by continued strong Buick Verano, Chevrolet Spark and Sonic sales; a 27 percent increase for the Chevrolet Cruze; and a 72 percent increase for the Chevrolet Volt.
  • Cadillac posted a double-digit year-over-year sales increase for the third consecutive month.
  • Cadillac passenger car sales increased 64 percent year over year as the all-new ATS and XTS continue to establish themselves in the luxury market.
  • Year-over-year sales of the Chevrolet Silverado increased 6 percent and sales of the GMC Sierra were up 13 percent. GM pickup sales were the highest since September 2008.

Highlights

Dec. Total Sales

Total Change vs. Dec. 2011

Dec. Retail Sales

Retail Change vs. Dec. 2011

2012CY

Sales

2012 vs. 2011

2012 Retail Sales

Retail Change 2012 vs. 2011

Chevrolet

167,091

3.7%

123,021

0.9%

1,851,646

4.3%

1,269,679

3.0%

GMC

43,921

4.7%

37,626

(0.6)%

413,881

4.0%

349,168

2.4%

Buick

16,473

10.0%

15,659

8.9%

180,408

1.6%

162,986

5.7%

Cadillac

18,248

12.2%

16,775

5.0%

149,782

(1.7)%

140,625

2.4%

Total GM

245,733

4.9%

193,081

1.5%

2,595,717

3.7%

1,922,458

3.1%

 
“GM’s strong finish in 2012, the industry’s momentum and the overall health of the U.S. economy make us optimistic about 2013,” McNeil said. “The budget compromise reached in Washington this week removes uncertainty and clears the way for full-year light vehicle sales to rise to the 15 million to 15.5 million unit range in 2013.”

Inventory

Units @
Dec. 31, 2012

Days Supply (selling day adjusted)

Units @
Nov. 30,
2012

Days Supply (selling day adjusted)

All Vehicles

717,025

76

788,194

106

Full-size Pickups

221,649

80

245,853

139

 

Industry Sales

Dec. SAAR
(est.)

Calendar Year
(est.)

Light Vehicles

15.6 million range

14.5 million range

 
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