GM Sales Rise to Eight-Year High in July
General Motors’ four US brands combined to move 272,512 vehicles in the month of July, good for a 6% year-over-year increase and the best combined July for the automaker since 2007. Three of GM’s brands—Buick, Chevrolet, and GMC—enjoyed significant year-over-year gains, brought about largely by the continued growth in sales of pickup trucks and utility vehicles.
“The second half of 2015 is off to a great start, with industry sales above expectations,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “GM has been steadily growing its commercial sales and retail market share, thanks to our strong truck and crossover portfolio. We feel very good about our truck strategy heading into the late summer and fall, when those segments usually heat up. We are the only manufacturer that has completely revamped its entire lineup of large SUVs, and mid-size, light duty and heavy duty pickups.”
Buick was up 17.6% thanks to a 19th consecutive month of sales gains for the Encore crossover and a best-ever July from the Enclave. Chevrolet was up 7.8% on the strength of big months from the Silverado, Equinox, Colorado, Traverse, and Trax. GMC was up 1.4% thanks to the Sierra, Acadia, and Canyon. Buick and Chevrolet both experienced their best July sales marks since 2006, and GMC had its best July since 2005.
Cadillac sales were down 7%. The SRX was up 46.8% with sales totaling 6,753 units.