GM Sales Up 6% in U.S. Market

Saw a 20% increase year-on-year of sales of Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac

General Motors said on May 3 that its overall U.S. sales rose 6.4% in April and it saw a seventh consecutive month of gains for its four core brands.

The company touted a 20% increase year-on-year of sales of its four biggest brands, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac.

"Clearly, our launch vehicles are hitting the mark with consumers who are looking for bold styling, quality, safety and fuel efficiency," said Steve Carlisle, vice president of U.S. Sales Operations.

GM said it sold 183,997 vehicles in April, a drop from last month's sales of 188,546, but an improvement from April 2009.

The company said it saw strong sales of full-size pickups, including the Chevrolet Silverado, Avalanche and GMC Sierra, as well as improved sales year-on-year sales of mid-sized crossovers.

"The good news is that we have more on the way, including the all-new Buick Regal this spring and the Chevrolet Cruze in the third quarter," Carlisle said.

GM announced last month it had repaid billions of dollars in government loans in full, five years early, prompting its chief executive officer Ed Whitacre to proclaim the once-crippled automaker was making "great progress."

The final repayment does not cover loans made to the "old" General Motors which is being slowly wound down through a bankruptcy process.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2010

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