GM posts 2.2% sales drop

December 1, 2009

GM posts 2.2% sales drop

BY GREG GARDNER
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

General Motors Co. reported its November sales fell 2.2% from a year earlier, but sales of its core brands — Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC — rose 5.6% as cars and crossover utility vehicles rose to 60% of total sales from 46% a year earlier.

Buick led the way, posting a 15% increase; followed by Cadillac, up 10.3% and GMC and Chevrolet, which reported increases of 5.4% and 4.5%, respectively.
 

“We have more to do, but we’re committed to earning consideration and future sales by delivering great products in every segment,” said Susan Docherty, vice president of U.S. sales.
 

Individual models showing sharp year-over-year sales increases included Buick LaCrosse, up 63%; Cadillac SRX, up 208%; Chevrolet Equinox, up 273%, and Chevrolet Traverse, up 140%.
 

Sharpest declines came from phased out SUVs Chevrolet Trailblazer, down 93% and GMC Envoy, down 90.5%.
 

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