General Motors had its best month of the year in August, with all four brands in the black and the company as a whole racking up 275,847 sales. The resulting 14.7 percent jump was a bit better than that reported by Ford or the Chrysler Group, both of which announced 12 percent gains. The other mainstream automakers haven’t turned in their August numbers as this story went to press, but GM’s strong monthly performance stands on its own and reflects a feeling of growing optimism in the General’s forces.
“The second half of 2013 is off to a very solid start for GM and our model-year change over and new product launches are going smoothly,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president, U.S. sales operations for General Motors. “We have a lot of momentum and we feel good about the direction of the U.S. economy as we prepare to launch even more new products, including all-new heavy duty pickups and large suvs for Chevrolet and GMC, a completely redesigned Cadillac CTS and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray.”
Further boosting morale were GM’s retail results, which were up by double digits across all brands and are included below in the divisional sales breakouts:
- Buick—24,650 sales, +36.9 percent (+24 percent retail)
- Cadillac—20,255 sales, +37.8 percent (+38 percent retail)
- Chevrolet—187,740 sales, +10.4 percent (+22 percent retail)
- GMC—43,202 sales, +14.2 percent (+16 percent retail)