Buick sales up 37.4%

January 5, 2010

GM

Buick sales up 37.4%

By TIM HIGGINS
FREE PRESS BUSINESS WRITER

General Motors saw U.S. sales fall 6.1% in December compared with a year ago, but sales of its four core brands continue to gain momentum, the company announced today.

The Detroit based automaker sold 208,511 cars and trucks in December.
 

In all, GM ended the year with a U.S. sales total of 2.08 million cars and trucks, a decline of 30.1% compared to 2008.
 

“The year-over-year comparison reflects a 38% reduction in fleet, reduced overall incentive spending and the orderly wind-down of the Pontiac and Saturn brands,” said Susan Docherty, GM vice president of U.S. sales and marketing. “Our sell-down of Pontiac and Saturn inventory is 10 months ahead of schedule and we only have about 1,700 vehicles left – 800 Pontiacs and 900 Saturns. This shows real progress in our action plans.”
 

While overall sales were down for the month, GM touted a 7% retail sales increase compared to a year ago. Furthermore, the four brands GM is keeping — Chevrolet, Cadillac, GMC and Buick — were up 13% for the month, GM said.
 

According to the company: Buick sales were up 37.4%, Cadillac sales were up 11.4% and GMC was up 4.8%. Chevrolet was down 1.5%.
 

The bulk of the December sales decrease came from the four brands GM is getting rid of — Hummer, Pontiac, Saab and Saturn.

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