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Weird News: GM Sales Are Up

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On: Wed, Apr 23, 2014 at 5:05PM | By: Karen Cook

Weird News: GM Sales Are Up

The numbers are in for the first quarter of 2014, and they are a bit surprising. General Motors, the company with the biggest recall catastrophes of late, seem to be leading the pack in car sales. With all the negative publicity and public outrage this hardly seems possible but, as they say, numbers don’t lie.

GM sold 256,047 vehicles in March which included Buick, Cadillac, GMC, and Chevrolet makes. Sales were up a little more than 4% from last March. Overall sales were down 2.3% due to slow moving trucks but automobiles were selling like hotcakes. This could be due to gas prices pulling some consumers away from lower fuel efficiency numbers for trucks. For the first quarter of 2014, GM is up 3.4% in car sales from the same quarter last year.

Even with the drop in truck sales GM is still ahead of its competition. Ford sales dropped by 2.8%, Honda by 3.6%, Hyundai by 2.6%, and VW by a disappointing 11.1%. These figures are for the first quarter of the year.

One may ask how this could happen when GM is being interrogated for basically putting its buyers at risk by not releasing pertinent safety information in a timely manner. The truth is we don’t know yet if its poor choices in this regard will affect sales. The major portion of media coverage did not begin until mid-March which was well into the final part of the quarter. The next three months should show if General Motors has caused a major drop in consumer confidence. Only time will tell if they can woo back a customer base which may be having trust issues at this point.


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