GM Posts Industry's Largest Retail Sales Increase In August

It was another banner month for General Motors in the U.S. Last month, Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and GMC dealers sold 270,480 vehicles, a 0.7 percent increase over the same period last year. However, those numbers don’t tell the full story.

GM retail sales climbed six percent compared to last August and Chevrolet crossover sales were up for the ninth consecutive month. Similarly, Chevrolet trucks sales were also up for the 16th consecutive month.

“GM’s retail sales increase far outpaced the industry in August, and we have grown our retail share for five months in a row compared to last year,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of Sales Operations. “We will continue this momentum with the redesigned Chevrolet Cruze and Malibu, the launch of diesel engines for our midsize pickups, a dramatic restyling of the Chevrolet Silverado and the aggressive rollout of Apple CarPlay and Android Auto.”

GMC also enjoyed a strong month, posting its best August sales since 2006. GMC pickup sales, which include the Sierra and Canyon, were up 21 percent. Similarly, the GMC Acadia enjoyed its best August sales to date.

Buick also posted strong gains on the back of the Encore and Enclave, the former enjoying a 29 percent sales increase and its 20th consecutive month of year-over-year sales increases. Meanwhile, the Enclave sales were up 27 percent, for its best August ever.

Cadillac also saw SRX sales climb 52 percent, despite the fact its replacement, the all-new XT5 SUV, is right around the corner.