GM, Ford, Chrysler U.S. Sales Soar in November

GM up 11.4%, Ford 24.3% and Chrysler 17%

General Motors on Dec. 1 reported U.S. car sales for November jumped 11.4% from a year ago in a month marked by GM's historic return to Wall Street as it sheds government ownership.

GM, the largest U.S. automaker, said sales of its four brands -- Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac -- totaled 168,704 vehicles in November, up 11.4% from November 2009.

"Each brand came to the party in November," said Don Johnson, U.S. sales operations vice president. "These results show that our brands continue to gain momentum with consumers who want stylish, fuel-efficient vehicles."

Ford also reported U.S. sales rose 24.3% in November from the same period in 2009, with 147,338 vehicles sold.

"Ford's broad range of high-quality, fuel-efficient vehicles is driving one of our best years ever and positioning Ford to deliver improved results in the future," said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president of sales and marketing.

Chrysler, which was also salvaged by a massive taxpayer-funded bailout, also reported U.S. sales rose 17% in November from last year, in the eighth straight month of year-to-year sales increases.

Chrysler sold 74,152 vehicles last month, it said.

"We are pleased with the sales momentum that has been building this year, and elated now that we are showing off the vehicles that weve been talking about," said Chrysler's U.S. sales chief Fred Diaz.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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