GM says US auto sales were up 15 percent in August

GMC Terrain, Cadillac SRX have best sales ever

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DETROIT - General Motors dealers delivered 275,847 vehicles in the United States in August, up 15 percent compared to a year ago. Retail sales increased 22 percent while fleet sales were down 8 percent.

Total and retail deliveries increased by double-digits at all GM brands.

In total, Cadillac was up 38 percent, Buick was up 37 percent, GMC was up 14 percent and Chevrolet was up 10 percent.

Deliveries to retail customers were up 38 percent at Cadillac, 22 percent at Chevrolet, 16 percent at GMC and 24 percent at Buick. Buick's retail sales were up for the 16 th month in row, and it was the brand's best August since 2003. Cadillac's retail sales were the brand's best August since 1989.

"The second half of 2013 is off to a very solid start for GM and our model-year change over and new product launches are going smoothly," said Kurt McNeil, vice president, U.S. sales operations. "We have a lot of momentum and we feel good about the direction of the U.S. economy as we prepare to launch even more new products, including all-new heavy duty pickups and large SUVs for Chevrolet and GMC, a completely redesigned Cadillac CTS and the Chevrolet Corvette Stingray."

GM's sales last month were the highest of 2013 and the best since September 2008, when the global financial crisis began to accelerate. Two years later, on Sept. 8, 2010, Chevrolet launched the Cruze in North America, marking the beginning of an aggressive rollout of new products that will see nearly 30 Chevrolet, Cadillac, Buick and GMC nameplates either all new or redesigned by early 2014.

Since then, the 2011 Chevrolet Volt and the 2013 Cadillac ATS won the North American Car of the Year award, the 2014 Chevrolet Impala was named the top sedan in the country by a leading consumer publication, GM topped the 2013 J.D. Power and Associates Initial Quality Study and the company has returned to competitive levels of leasing. GM and its dealers have also embarked on a multibillion-dollar program to renovate sales and service facilities in all 50 states.

August Sales Highlights (vs. 2012)

  • Crossover sales were up 34 percent. The GMC Terrain and Cadillac SRX had their best-ever August sales and the Chevrolet Equinox and Buick Encore had their best months ever.
  • Full-size pickup sales were up 15 percent. Large SUV sales were up 29 percent.
  • Passenger car deliveries were up 8 percent. Retail deliveries were up 27 percent, driven by a 93 percent increase for the Chevrolet Malibu and a 76 percent increase for the Chevrolet Impala. The Impala has increased its retail share of the large car segment by about 3 percentage points, according to J.D. Power PIN data.
  • The Chevrolet Volt had its best month ever, as did the Chevrolet Spark, Chevrolet Sonic, Cadillac XTS and Buick Verano.

August 2013 Sales

MonthTotal SalesYOY ChangeRetail Sales


YOY Change


Total GM275,84714.7%220,95822.1%
CYTDTotal SalesYOY ChangeRetail Sales


YOY Change


Total GM1,930,2649.8%1,454,25713.7%
Fleet SegmentMonthYOY ChangeCYTD


CYTD Change


Fleet Share of Total GM Sales19.9%(4.9) points24.7%(2.6) points
InventoryUnits at 
Days Supply (selling day adjusted)Units at Previous 


Days Supply (selling day adjusted)


All Vehicles628,64464638,51768
GMT-900 Pickups106,28260140,03568


Industry SalesMonth (est.)CYTD (est.)
Light Vehicle SAAR16.3 million range15.6 million range

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