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GM Sales Up 1.5 Percent in September, Cruze Volumes Catching up to Silverado

General Motors delivered a total of 201,245 vehicles last month, a rise of just 1.5 percent and the automaker's highest September sales numbers since 2008.

Chevrolet - 149,801 sold, Up 1.5 percent

Unsurprisingly, the Chevrolet Silverado led GM's sales numbers by a large margin. Chevy sold 36,425 copies of the pickup truck in September, which represents a drop of 16.6 percent from 2011; however, GM has a reduced supply of the current Silverado (and GMC Sierra) as it ramps up for the next-generation trucks, which are due next year. Although behind by over 10,000 units, the Chevrolet Cruze sedan ranked second in GM's (and Chevrolet's) sales results las month: 25,787 Cruze sedans were sold, which marks a 42.5-percent jump from last year. The bowtie's other mainstream sedans are also doing relatively well. The Impala rose 10.4 percent to 15,259 sales and the Malibu stayed flat at 11,188 units (a 0.7-percent gain). The subcompact Sonic continues to sell briskly, having moved 7525 copies last month (up a whopping 427.7 percent); just launched earlier this year, the diminutive Spark had strong sales of 2223 units in September.

As production of the C6 Corvette winds down, sales of the sports car stayed relatively flat: a gain of 17.8 percent meant an additional 204 cars sold over last September, to 1351 units. Chevy's other sports offering - the Camaro - stumbled 18.9 percent to 5670 units, but still managed to outsell outsell the Ford Mustang rival by 1231 cars. On the opposite of the fuel economy spectrum, the Volt had its second consecutive sales record, selling 2851 copies.

The Equinox continues to be a strong seller for the Chevrolet brand - it moved 15,835 of the crossover, a 2.2 percent gain. The larger Traverse crossover was down 27.8 percent to 5687 sold, the Tahoe SUV down 46.7 percent to 4696, and the Suburban SUV down 38.0 percent to 3254. The Colorado pickup rose 30.5 percent year-over-year to 2833 units. Chevrolet's two fleet-only offerings - the Captiva Sport crossover and the Caprice police car - moved 2849 and 454 copies, respectively.

Finally, Chevrolet managed to move three stragglers from 2011: two Aveo subcompacts and one HHR hatchback.

GMC - 33,192 sold, No change

GMC's sales numbers stayed flat from year to year - there was a difference of just two models sold. The Sierra pickup truck continues to lead the brand; sales of the pickup were flat (down just 1.9 percent) coming in at 13,636 sold last month. Second in GMC's lineup was the Terrain crossover at 7486 units, up 8.3 percent. Not far behind the Terrain was the Acacdia, as 6159 copies (up 16.5 percent) were sold in September. GMC also sold 2280 Yukon XL SUVs, 2071 Yukon SUVs, and a scant 555 Canyon pickups (down 7.0 and 38.0, and up 21.2 percent, respectively).

Buick - 14,673 sold, Up 7.9 percent

Buick continues to sell its new range of European-inspired models, with three off its four models all moving around 4000 units. The loser of the brand last month was the Regal, which sold just 1839 copies, a drop of 44.7 percent from last year. The new Verano - which just went on sale at the start of the year - came in third with 4042 sold. Second place went to the Enclave crossover, selling 4210 units (down 13.5 percent); the LaCrosse sedan took top honors finding homes for 4580 copies, or 5.6 percent year-over-year. Despite being discontinued, Buick moved two Lucerene sedans.

Cadillac - 12,579 sold, Down 1.3 percent

Leading the wreath and crest was the SRX crossover last month, falling just 4.9 percent from last September to 4660 units. About 1500 units behind was the CTS range at 3103 sold, which was a steep drop of 33.5 percent from last year. The all-new XTS that just went on sale this summer is selling well - it was only about 500 cars short of the CTS last month, moving 2506 copies. Despite having just gone on sale in September, the all-new ATS compact sedan managed to sell 611 units.

On the truck side, the short-wheelbase Escalade continues to be the best-selling of the brand's SUVs; there were 913 copies of the SUV sold last month, a fall of 40.2 percent from last year, but a difference of just 614 vehicles. The long-wheelbase Escalade ESV was down 16.5 percent to 595 sold; the pickup Escalade EXT was actually up 8.0 percent to 188 units. The moribund STS and DTS scored sales of just one and two cars, respectively.

Source: General Motors