That noise around Detroit’s Renaissance Center is the sound of General Motors patting itself on the back. According to the automaker, June 2011 sales figures have increased 11 percent year-to-year, helping the General slowly carve a larger slice of the U.S. market as the year progresses.
As has been the case in the past few months, GM suggests that most of this gain is attributed to “fuel-efficient vehicles.” Certainly, the numbers posted by Chevy’s compact Cruze model seem to agree: Chevy moved 24,896 Cruzes last month, representing a 153 percent increase over the Cobalt model it replaced. It was enough to shoot the new Cruze up to become the second-most popular GM model last month, behind the Silverado pickup. Despite facing an uncertain future in our market, the aging Colorado pickup also saw a 59.7-percent jump in sales, as deliveries totaled 3010 vehicles.
The Volt is also continuing its march upward: Chevy sold 561 of the range-extended hybrid last month, contributing to a total of 2745 vehicles sold this year. GM says total Chevrolet sales were up 11 percent to 156,848.
Thanks to strong sales of the new Regal, Buick sales figures were up 13 percent to 14,868. 3,533 Regals were sold last month, just under a third of which were Regal Turbo models. Sales of the LaCrosse also increased, moving up 11 percent to 5965.
GMC sales were up 15 percent to 32,782, thanks mostly to a 52-percent increase in sales of the Terrain to 6989 units, and an 8-percent in the Sierra to 12,377 vehicles. Interestingly, the full-size Savanna van continues to see some growth; 1835 vehicles delivered in June 2011 accounts for a sizable 46.9-percent jump over the same time frame last year.
Thanks in part to diving sales of the DTS and STS, Cadillac sales were down 8 percent to 10,860. The CTS, however, stayed flat at 4,198 sales. Although its platform mates (e.g. Equinox, Terrain) saw sizable growth, sales of Cadillac’s SRX crossover grew only 3.9 percent to 3951 vehicles. Escalade sales were down across all three bodystyles, with the base model, the ESV, and EXT dropping 5.1, 4.9, and 3.4 percent, respectively.
One special note: that Cadillac moved all of nine XLR models last month—whether or not they were equipped with the first-for-2009 Bluetooth connectivity was unknown.