General Motors reported yet another month of success in September 2011, with monthly sales up 20 percent year-over-year to 207,145 vehicles. Once again, rapid sales of the Chevrolet Cruze compact helped pad GM’s sales release, in addition to increasing demand for its perennial bread-and-butter: pickup trucks. GM’s truck sales climbed 34.3 percent over September 2010.
Chevrolet – 147,611 sales, up 21.5 percent
In its 12th month in showrooms, the Chevrolet Cruze sold 18,097 units, bringing its total volume this calendar year to 187,524, and its first full-year sales volume to a 212,019 cars. The Cruze’s monthly sales total was eclipsed only by the Silverado truck lineup, which saw sales jump 35.8 percent year-over-year to 43,698 units last month. Other large sales gains were made by the Tahoe, up 62.5 percent to 8813 units, and the Suburban, up 83.2 percent to 5246 units.
Sales of the Volt electric car totaled 723 in September, bringing the car’s calendar-year total sales to 3895 and cumulative sales to 4221 cars. GM still maintains it should sell 10,000 units by the end of the 2011 calendar year.
GMC – 33,194 sales, up 27.7 percent
GMC has seen its year-over-year sales increase for 24 consecutive months. In September, sales of the Yukon SUV rose 44.8 percent, to 3338 units, while the Terrain crossover jumped 44.7 percent to 6910 monthly sales. The Sierra pickup line remained GMC’s volume seller, with sales of 13,904 representing a 25.5-percent increase over September 2010.
Cadillac – 12,741 sales, up 1.0 percent
GM’s luxury brand recorded the slimmest year-over-year sales increase for September 2011, although the company notes that Cadillac did reduce fleet sales by 54 percent. The CTS family saw sales grow 24 percent to 4663 cars, while sales of the SRX crossover rose 21.7 percent to 4901 vehicles.
While most GM trucks saw decent sales gains, Cadillac’s Escalade bucked the trend. Although the regular Escalade SUV saw sales jump 26.1 percent to 1527, the longer Escalade ESV saw sales fall 13.5 percent to 713 units, and the Escalade EXT truck saw sales drop 3.3 percent to a miniscule 174 units.
Buick – 13,599 sales, up 5.6 percent
As with GMC, September 2011 represented the 24th consecutive month in which Buick sales increased over the year prior. The big gainer was the Regal, which saw sales climb a whopping 87.2 percent to 3325 cars last month. Sales of the Enclave grew a modest 10.4 percent to 4868 units, while LaCrosse sales dropped 8.5 percent to 4338 cars.