General Motors' US sales up 11 percent in May

AP News
Posted: Jun 01, 2012 10:15 AM
General Motors' US sales up 11 percent in May

General Motors Co. says its U.S. sales rose 11 percent in May on strong sales of trucks and the new, pint-size Chevrolet Sonic.

GM sold 245,256 cars and trucks in May, its highest monthly total since the Cash for Clunkers deal in August 2009.

Sales of small cars rose 16 percent compared with last May thanks to the Sonic subcompact. Buick sales rose 19 percent due to demand for the new Verano small car.

Pickup truck sales were also strong as construction activity picks up. Chevrolet Silverado sales rose 22 percent.

One disappointment was the sales numbers for the Chevrolet Cruze, which fell 14 percent. The Cruze got a boost last May when Toyota and Honda didn't have enough small cars on their lots after the Japanese earthquake.