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GM September Sales Improve 11% Over Sept. 2009

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On: Fri, Oct 1, 2010 at 12:09PM | By: John Welch

GM September Sales Improve 11% Over Sept. 2009

Is the much hyped economic recovery really starting to bear fruit? Heh, not for me, personally, but somebody seems to be doing better than they were in September of 2009. Otherwise how could we have bought so many GM vehicles in the last month? I don't witness it in my day to day life, but somebody, somewhere is generating more cash lately, and taking that cash to GM dealerships to the tune of an 11 % sales increase over September 2009.

GMC leads the charge with a whopping 41.6 % gain over last year. Golly, we still need those big ass, lane clogging trucks I s'pose. GMC's success could be contributed to the mind boggling popularity of its Equinox sibling, the GMC Terrain. A slightly smaller, less lane clogging SUV, the Terrain features, uhm, "abstract" styling and excellent fuel economy. 

The other three remaining GM brands are all up as well, rounding out a decidedly bullish month for GM.

On the heels of the Regal release and updates to the LaCrosse, Buick sales increased 36.2% in September. Chevrolet is up 18.5%, while Cadillac comes in forth with and 11% gain. These are exciting numbers, so much so that GM is the first major car corporation to release its sales figures for the month ending yesterday. Confident that their fortunes will continue to improve, GM isn't resting on its laurels.

Don Johnson (Bwahahaha, seriously?!), vice president of U.S. sales operations for GM, used the month of September to clean out 2010 models, making room for freshly minted 2011's.“Our plan is working,” he said in a statement. “With key products like our heavy-duty pickups, Buick Regal and the Cadillac CTS Coupe launching now, and expanded capacity for the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain hitting dealer lots, we're ready to run.”

Small businesses and fleet customers may have contributed to higher truck sales, said Joe Barker, senior manager of North American vehicle sales forecasts at IHS Automotive. GMC, being more of a "boutique" truck producer, can take this knowledge to the bank. GMC doesn't do a lot of stripped-down fleet sales, so they're certainly off loading a ton of high-profit luxo-trucks. That and the Terrain, which, despite some flaws, gains popularity by the minute.

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