Recall drama has not completely scared off car shoppers, and General Motors increased vehicle deliveries 1 percent compared to last year in June. Total vehicle sales in June were 267,461 vehicles, bringing year-to-date sales up to 1,455,868 vehicles—2.5 percent above sales at this time last year. In the luxury segments Buick impressively grew its sales 18.4 percent, while Cadillac remained steady with a 0.1 percent improvement. Chevrolet dropped 2.5 percent in June, as Cruze sales took a big hit despite big gains from the Suburban and Tahoe. Combined, the GM’s best-selling Silverado and Sierra pickups totaled 58,925 vehicles in sales.
Winner: 2014 Chevrolet Tahoe, 11,147 Units Sold, Up 92.5 Percent
The Tahoe made big strides this June, almost doubling its sales compared to the previous year. Year-to-date sales are now up 12.2 percent. Clearly there is still a big demand for beefy full-size SUVs in this efficiency-sensitive age, as the GMC Yukon also increased is sales 119.6 percent to 3,946. The longer-wheelbase Suburban did its part as well, as sales jumped 72.7 percent to 6584 vehicles sold. Cadillac’s Escalade was on the bandwagon, too, growing sales 57 percent. The fact that all of GM’s full-size SUVs are new no doubt has helped pump up sales.
Winner: 2014 Chevrolet Corvette, 2723 Units Sold, Up 219.2 Percent
What a win for Chevrolet. The Corvette sold a measly 853 units in June 2013 during the lull between C6 and C7 production, so that’s part of the reason for the gigantic sales percentage leap. Still, 2723 units for high-performance rear-wheel-drive sports car is no small achievement, as the stunning new Corvette continues to seduce speed junkies left and right. We don’t see this trend changing any time soon.
Winner: Buick Encore, 4142 Units Sold, Up 81.7 Percent
The small Encore, which will soon have a Chevrolet Trax twin, showed the biggest percentage sales gains for Buick in June. As a brand Buick can thank the Encore compact crossover for bolstering its results, as the crossover has now sold 23,857 vehicles through June 2014, representing a 93.1 percent improvement compared to this time last year. The larger, three-row Buick Enclave remains the brand’s sales leader in both June and year-to-date sales, but the Encore is growing a whole lot faster.
Loser: Chevrolet Cruze, 26,008 Units Sold, Down 20.9 Percent
After a stellar May in which it sold 32,393 units and grew 40.5 percent, the Cruze dropped the ball in June. 32,871 vehicles sold in June of 2013, with just 26,008 this June. The Ford Focus even outsold the Cruze this month, with 26,266 units sold. Overall though, this month’s poor performance shouldn’t hurt the Cruze too badly in the long run if it can turn things around. Year-to-date, it is still up 8.7 percent with 145,338 vehicles sold.
Loser: Chevrolet Volt, 1,777 Vehicles Sold, Down 34.1 Percent
As good as a hybrid the Chevrolet Volt is, the competition from other hybrids and high-efficiency gasoline-powered cars is stifling sales. Year-to-date the Volt is down 12.6 percent to 8615 vehicles sold, meaning that the $5000 price drop Chevrolet instituted last August hasn’t exactly set a fire underneath prospective buyers. The upmarket ELR luxury hybrid fared even worse—just 97 vehicles sold all through June 2014.