GM Experiences Best Sales in Nearly Seven Years in May
General Motors’ four US brands combined for a total of 293,097 vehicles sold last month, making it the automotive giant’s best May since 2007 and its best month overall since August 2008. Total sales were up 3%, and retail sales—totaling 220,231 units—were up 7%.
As is always the case, Chevrolet was the volume leader with 207,970 units sold, a 1.4% year-over-year leap. As has been the case for the entirety of 2015 thus far, Chevrolet’s success was spurred on by strong pickup and utility sales. Pickup sales were up 30% with 60,438 units delivered, and crossovers—including the Equinox, Traverse, and Trax—enjoyed their best May ever.
“Chevrolet has the hot hand in the pickup market thanks to our three-truck strategy,” said Kurt McNeil, General Motors’ U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “Our market share is growing and our strategy is to retain these customers with the best overall ownership experience.”
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GMC was up 12.5% with 50,657 units sold, owing a great deal of its growth to a sudden surge in sales for the Acadia. The Acadia racked up a total of 10,498 sales in May, marking just the third time in more than five years in which its sales have surpassed the five-digit mark.
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Cadillac was the lone GM brand to incur a loss, down 1.9% for May with 14,408 vehicles sold. The SRX led the way in terms of volume, and the ELR saw a surprising 123% gain in sales growth.