General Motors made it through November 2011 in the green as a whole, posting a 6.9 percent sales gain for the month. However, where Chevrolet and GMC posted notable gains, Cadillac and Buick stumbled a bit. Notably, retail sales grew 15 percent and accounted for 77 percent of all sales for the company. In total, GM sold 180,402 vehicles during November 2011, and 2,269,469 units year-to-date.
Buick Declines 7.2 Percent
Buick experienced a second sales month in a row where the results were less than ideal, selling 10,880 units. Looking a little closer reveals that most of the sales loss is due to the discontinuation of the Lucerne, which sold less than half the amount it did in November of 2010. The Verano, which is slowly beginning its launch, sold only four units. The LaCrosse and Enclave lead the brand in overall sales and posted results of -1.7% and 3%, respectively. The Regal posted the largest sales gain for the brand at 7.1 percent. The Tri-Shield brand has sold 162,659 units so far in 2011.
Cadillac Dives 5.6 Percent
The Wreath and Crest brand continues to feel the hurt from discontinuing the DTS and STS fleet queen sedans, though it’s for the better. With the new XTS and highly anticipated ATS on the way next year, look for the brand to rebound substantially. The SRX crossover was the sales leader posted the largest sales gain for the brand during November 2011 with a 16.2 percent gain. In total, the brand sold 11,145 units for the month and is at 136,130 for the year.
Chevrolet Climbs 9.6 Percent
Chevrolet observed a solid November 2011, selling 128,907 units with full sized pickups leading the charge, as usual. The Silverado line sold 34,251 units during the month, posting a gain of 33.7 percent. However the vehicle that posted an even larger gain was the Cruze, which spurted 64.1 percent. Volt sales also continue to break the 1,000-unit mark, selling 1,139 units in total. The all-new Sonic posted 4,498 sales as well. The brand has sold 1,614,654 units year-to-date.
GMC Grows 6.8 Percent
GMC managed 29,470 unit sales for the month of November 2011, posting a 6.8 percent gain and recording 356,026 sales for the year. Like the Silverado, the Sierra full-sized truck line lead the sales for GMC, selling 11,971 and posting a gain of 22.4 percent. The Yukon and Yukon XL also posted substantial gains.