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General Motors sold a record vehicles in US and China

New 2013 Cadillac Escalade

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GM, which sells more vehicles in China than in the U.S., recorded a 9.6% sales increase in the first quarter to 816,373 units.

In March, the company’s Shanghai GM unit achieved a 15.2% increase to 126,785 units. That included a record March for Buick, which rose 22.8% to 70,118 units.
An encouraging sign for GM was the 32.2% increase in sales for Cadillac to 3,629 vehicles. The luxury brand benefited from the arrival of the XTS large sedan. which recently started production in Shanghai.
GM China’s Wuling unit sold 148,060 units in March, up 13.7%.

General Motors Co. sold 245,950 vehicles in the United States in March, up 6.4 percent compared with a year ago. Retail sales increased 4 percent, fleet sales were up 12 percent and the fleet mix was 27 percent of total sales.
GM reported that Cadillac for the month was up almost 50 percent; Buick was up 37 percent; GMC was up 12 percent; and Chevrolet sales were essentially equal to a year ago. Crossovers were up 31 percent; trucks, which include pickups, vans and SUVs, were up 2 percent; car sales were down 3 percent; large pickup sales were up 6 percent.

According to GM small business sales, which are included in retail sales, were up 32 percent to almost 15,000 deliveries, aided by a stronger housing market.
For the first-quarter, the company sold 664,963, up 9.3% from last year. Retail sales were up 10 percent; fleet sales were up 6 percent, and fleet mix was 26 percent of total sales. Cadillac was up 38 percent; Buick was up 28 percent; GMC was up 14 percent, and Chevrolet was up 5 percent.
Mark Green
New York News