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

DETROIT, May 3 /PRNewswire/ --

  • 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  

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.

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.

"Clearly, our launch vehicles are hitting the mark with consumers who are looking for bold styling, quality, safety and fuel efficiency," said Steve Carlisle, 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."

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.  

"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.

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).

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).

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).

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).

Month-end dealer inventory in the U.S. stood at about 430,000 units, which is about 3,000 higher compared to March 2010, and about 311,000 lower than April 2009.

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.

About General Motors:  General Motors, one of the world's largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908.  With its global headquarters in Detroit, 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 United States, followed by China, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy.  GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services.  General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, 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 www.gm.com.

*S/D Curr: 26

April


(Calendar Year-to-Date)


January -  April

*S/D Prev: 26

2010

2009

% Chg Volume

%Chg per S/D


2010

2009

%Chg 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



















GM Vehicle Deliveries by Marketing Division



2010

2009

%Chg Volume

%Chg per S/D


2010

2009

%Chg 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.




April                                                                          (Calendar Year-to-Date)


                                                                                         January -  April


2010

2009

% Chg Volume

%Chg per S/D


2010

2009

%Chg 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



SOURCE General Motors



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