DETROIT, M.I. – Michigan Chevrolet dealers added to the increase in numbers for General Motors for the month of June. Overall, there was an increase for all of the GM brands, with the highest increase going to GMC and the highest units sold going to Chevrolet.
General Motors saw an overall retail increase for the month of June by 16 percent compared to June of 2010. Retail numbers were also up 4 percent higher than the previous month in May. According to GM's report, the gain was the result of the continued demand or the wide selection of fuel-efficient vehicles.
"With continued strong consumer demand for GM's fuel-efficient vehicles, June was another solid month for us," said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations in a GM article. "The month caps a successful first half of 2011 for us in the U.S. market – our sales are up and we've gained share profitably."
Michigan Chevrolet dealers saw the highest sales in the Chevrolet Cruze with retail sales being 153 percent higher than the sales of the Chevrolet Cobalt, which had been discontinued to make way for the Cruze. The total sales for the Chevrolet Cruze were more than 20,000 units for the third month in a row. Other Chevrolet vehicles that saw an increase included the Chevrolet Equinox with a 79 percent increase.
Chevrolet hit a record that Michigan Chevrolet dealers may be interested about this month as well. For the third consecutive month, sales of passenger cars were higher than Chevrolet trucks and crossovers. This has not happened since 1991.
For crossover and passenger cars, General Motors saw an increase for both categories.
Full-sized pickups also saw increases with total combined sales of the Silverado, Avalanche and Sierra increasing 5 percent. Year to date is showing retail sales for GM being up 12 percent with 259,101 units sold.
Dealers have a final month-end inventory at about 605,000 units which is up about 21,000 units from May and 168,000 units higher than June last year.
The following is a breakdown of what Michigan Chevrolet dealers saw as final numbers for Chevrolet as well as the other individual GM brands:
156,848 units in June
11 percent increase in June
904,548 units YTD
16 percent increase YTD
14,868 units in June
13 percent increase in June
93,599 units YTD
34 percent increase YTD
32,782 units in June
15 percent increase in June
187,364 units YTD
23 percent increase YTD
10,860 units in June
8 percent increase in June
76,122 units YTD
18 percent increase YTD
General Motors is still in the lead year to date with 1,261,633 vehicles sold, which is up 192,056 from the same time frame last year. The corporation is leading in total and retail market share gains.
[Source(s): GM Media]