General Motors benefited from sales gains sprinkled throughout its lineup—as well as growing momentum for new entries—to push deliveries ahead by 11.4 percent in April, when it sold 237,646 vehicles. And that performance included advances in all divisions, with GM brands reporting April sales as follows:
- Buick—17,157 sales, up 11.1 percent
- Cadillac—13,230 sales, up 34.3 percent
- Chevrolet—172,460 sales, up 10.9 percent
- GMC—34,799 sales, up 6.7 percent
To provide some perspective here, the industry as a whole was up 8.5 percent last month, with GM finishing as No. 1 for volume and No. 3 (among mainstream automakers) for growth. But more importantly, GM is seeing fairly strong retail gains as well. Looking specifically at that side of the marketplace, the General’s brands posted these retail results last month:
- Buick—14,928 retail sales, up 10.3 percent
- Cadillac—11,683 retail sales, up 24.5 percent
- Chevrolet—115,173 retail sales, up 9 percent
- GMC—34,799 retail sales, up 8 percent
“Car-buying conditions are strong and will continue to release pent-up demand,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. “We’re very optimistic because GM’s market share is growing, the economy continues to move forward and important car and truck launches are just getting underway.”
April Auto Sales: GM Highlights
As mentioned, GM had a pretty wide range of winners in April, with multiple vehicles enjoying double-digit sales gains as compared to the same month last year, and all brands having at least one vehicle advance by at least 10 percent.
The Buick Verano, for example, continued to pick up steam in the compact luxury sedan segment with a 13.4 percent gain on 3,391 sales. For GM’s lux division, the Cadillac Escalade ESV and EXT moved ahead by 14 and 41.1 percent, albeit on sales of 619 and 199 units. The GMC Sierra (14,208 sales, up 12.8 percent) and GMC Yukon XL (2,752 sales, up 131.6 percent) did the honors for the Professional Grade group.
But it was the Bowtie Brand—of course—that led the way, backed by nine entries that improved sales by more than 10 percent:
- Chevy Avalanche—1,927 sales, up 15 percent
- Chevy Caprice*—233 sales, up 33.9 percent
- Chevy Captiva Sport*—4,315 sales, up 23.5 percent
- Chevy Cruze—22,032 sales, up 21 percent and a member of the April top-20 list
- Chevy Equinox—20,965 sales, up 14.7 percent and also a top-20 performer last month
- Chevy Express—7,850 sales, up 19 percent
- Chevy Silverado—39,395 sales, up 28.1 percent and the second-best-selling vehicle in America in April
- Chevy Sonic—8,151 sales, up 27.6 percent and the No. 1 subcompact in the country
- Chevy Tahoe—9,052 sales, up 54.9 percent
In addition, the 2013 Chevy Malibu, with 21,734 deliveries, also made it into the April top 20, achieving its best monthly sales and retail market share since the all-new ’Bu was introduced.
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