GM May Sales Up 11 Percent to Highest Level In 33 Months, Buoyed By Crossovers

General Motors reported today that its sales grew 10.9 percent to 245,256 units last month. That's the highest sales volume for GM since August 2009, 33 months ago. The company says that strong performance was bolstered in part by the fact that its crossovers enjoyed a 15-percent year-over-year sales gain.

Chevrolet - 177,943 sales, up 10.2 percent

Chevrolet's biggest sales gain came from the Volt electric car, which reported a year-over-year increase of 249 percent -- although total sales last month were still small at 1680 units. The strongest vehicle volume came, as usual, from the Silverado pickup line, up 21.6 percent to 34,555 trucks. The Malibu sedan was a close second, with sales up 15.5 percent to 29,579 cars, followed by the Equinox crossover at 20,238 sales, a gain of 15.1 percent.

Chevrolet Tahoe sales grew 21.8 percent to 7169 units, the Traverse enjoyed a 36.7-percent gain to 9853 units, the Suburban rose 15.8 percent to 4577, the Colorado gained 28.3 percent to sell 3778 units, and the Chevrolet Avalanche saw a sales bump of 69.6 percent to 2113 -- that's after Chevrolet announced plans to nix the Avalanche pickup after the 2013 model year.

Chevrolet also had several models that suffered sales declines: Camaro sales fell 4.5 percent to 9023 units, putting the sports car 1404 units behind its arch-rival, the Ford Mustang. Corvette sales dropped 6.5 percent to 1219 cars, Cruze sales sank 13.6 percent to 19,613, and Impala sales fell five percent to 15,879 sedans.

Buick - 18,565 sales, up 19.2 percent

Buick sales were a mixed bag, with only two of the brand's models enjoying sales gains. The Enclave crossover rose 55.2 percent to 6709 sales, and the LaCrosse sedan crept up 18.6 percent to 5663 cars. The Regal sedan, however, saw its sales slip a whopping 40 percent to just 2550 units. The Buick Verano compact sedan, which is new for this year, recorded 3609 sales; that's less than a quarter the sales of its cheaper sibling, the Chevrolet Cruze.

Cadillac - 9871 sales, down 15.1 percent

The Cadillac luxury division once again posted disappointing sales figures, with overall volume falling 15.1 percent compared to May 2011 -- and every single nameplate suffering a sales drop. The Cadillac CTS family fell three percent to just 4161 sales, the Escalade family fell 3.6 percent to 1722 sales, and the Cadillac SRX crossover fell 0.3 percent to 3900 units. Two Cadillac sedans that have been discontinued continue to find buyers: the DTS reported a meager 75 sales, while the STS sold 13 copies. Cadillac will replace those two models with the 2013 XTS, which just went on sale.

GMC - 38,877 sales, up 19.3 percent

Nearly every GMC model reported higher sales than in May 2011, with growth led by the Canyon pickup truck, which saw sales up 60.8 percent to 910. The Acadia crossover enjoyed a sales gain of 31.8 percent to 9128, the Sierra truck family enjoyed a 22.7-percent year-over-year gain to 13,196 units, the Terrain crossover climbed 20.0 percent to 8772 units, and the Yukon SUVs grew 2.2 percent to 4300 units. The Savana cargo van was the only model to have sales fall, down nine percent to 2571.

Source: GM

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