Chevrolet Cruze, Sonic Lead GM September Sales Gains, Silverado and Tahoe Down
It’s a small victory, but General Motors will take it – overall sales last month totaled 210,245 units, an increase of 1.5 percent compared to September 2011, despite a 56-percent drop in large pickup truck fleet sales. Picking up the slack, however, were sales of GM small cars, which were up a combined 97 percent.
The LaCrosse was the only Buick to post a sales gain last month, with 4580 sold (a 5.6-percent jump). The Verano has been on sale for less than a year, but sales appear to be strong with 4042 units going home to customers.
Posting the biggest drop in sales was the Regal sedan, with 1839 units, a decrease of 44.7 percent compared to September 2011. The Enclave crossover was down 13.5 percent with 4210 sold, but when the refreshed Enclave starts to fill dealer lots, that picture may change.
September marked the first month of sales for the ATS sports sedan, which found its way home to 611 customers. The Escalade EXT posted an 8.0-percent jump with 188 units sold and Cadillac sold 2506 copies of its new 2013 XTS sedan, more than all three Escalade variants and the ATS’ first month combined.
The normal Escalade, however, didn’t fare as well with 913 units sold last month, a drop of 40.2 percent. Sales of the CTS were also down, with 3103 sold, a decrease of 33.5 percent.
GM’s small car offerings posted big gains last month and the Chevrolet Sonic was the most dramatic improvement with a 427.7-percent jump (7525 units). The Cruze sedan also did well, with 25,787 sold, a jump of 42.5 percent. The Volt continues its months-long upward trend with 2851 units sold (up 294.3 percent) and the Corvette was also up with 1351 sold (up 17.8 percent). Among Chevy’s trucks and SUVs, the Colorado compact pickup did well with 2833 sold (up 30.5 percent).
Most Chevy SUVs, however, were down. The Tahoe experienced a 46.7-percent drop with 4696 units sold and the larger Suburban was also down (3254 units, drop of 38.0 percent). The Chevy Camaro was down 18.9 percent with 5670 units sold.
The Canyon pickup truck posted the biggest percentage gain with 21.2 percent (555 units) and the Acadia crossover was also up with 6159 copies sold (16.5-percent jump). The Terrain compact SUV went home to 7486 customers, an increase of 8.3 percent.
The Yukon SUV (doesn’t include Yukon XL) posted the biggest drop with 2071 units sold, down 38.0 percent compared to September 2011. The Sierra truck was down just a tad with a drop of 1.9 percent, but was still GMC’s volume leader with 13,636 units sold.