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SUVs Drive Second Quarter Sales Increase for GMC

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2019 GMC Acadia
Sales of the GMC Acadia were up more than 41 percent in the second quarter
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General Motors’ second-quarter sales numbers were full of good news for GMC. The premium SUV and truck brand posted a 9.8 percent sales increase compared to the same period the year before.

Overall, GMC sold 151,700 vehicles for the quarter, a strong improvement on the 138,163 it sold in the second quarter of 2018. Looking at 2019’s first two quarters as a whole, GMC has sold a total of 277,277 vehicles so far — 2.9 percent more than 2018.

Here’s a rundown of how GMC’s top models performed for the quarter:


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2019 GMC Terrain
For the GMC Terrain, sales rose nearly 12 percent for the second quarter
Photo: GMC

Big gains for SUVs

All three of GMC’s SUV models posted sales gains for the quarter. Among this trio, the leader in numbers and in quarter-over-quarter growth was the midsize Acadia, which moved 28,420 units for an impressive 41.3 percent gain. The compact Terrain posted an 11.9 percent increase with 24,988 models sold. The full-size Yukon was up 2.6 percent, selling 20,023 units.

Good news/bad news for trucks

Sales results were mixed for GMC’s truck lineup. The smaller Canyon pickup posted strong numbers: 11,909 units sold for a 23.6 percent increase. However, the Sierra HD was down 2.9 percent with 13,946 sold. And the flagship Sierra 1500 was down 4.7 percent with 45,042 models sold, although it was still easily the brand’s bestselling vehicle. According to GM, the Sierra 1500’s dip in numbers is mainly due to limited availability for the next-gen 2019 model, which was initially only available in a more expensive crew-cab configuration. That would indicate that the Sierra’s numbers are likely to rebound in the quarter to come.


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