The sales story at GM is large.

That’s because sales of large pickups and large SUVs – along with Cadillacs – helped GM to another total company sales increase.

GM sold 252,894 vehicles in the United States in May, up 3 percent compared with a year ago.

“Cadillac is growing faster than it has in almost 40 years, the pickup rebound is in full swing and we’re seeing strong retail demand for our crossovers,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. Sales Operations. “These are all powerful signs that the gradual recovery in the economy is becoming more broad-based. That’s great news for the auto industry and General Motors.”

GM’s truck sales were up 15 percent versus a year ago, including a 23 percent increase for large pickups and a 30 percent increase for large SUVs.

Crossover sales were up 3 percent. Compact crossover sales were up 10 percent and set a monthly record behind the Chevrolet Equinox, which had its best month ever.


Led by Fusion, Escape and F-Series trucks, Ford Motor Company’s U.S. sales grew 14 percent in May 2013, with cars up 9 percent, utilities 15 percent and trucks 18 percent.

Retail sales increased 17 percent, marking the best May retail sales results since 2005.

“Our fuel-efficient Fusion and Escape have set monthly sales records for four straight months,” said Ken Czubay, Ford vice president, U.S. Marketing, Sales and Service. “F-Series sales – fueled by construction growth and pent-up demand – reached their highest level in more than six years.”

Fusion posted its best-ever May sales of 29,553 vehicles. The fuel-efficient Escape small utility posted its best-ever sales month since being introduced 13 years ago.

In May, Lincoln MKZ sales increased 42 percent versus last year. This is MKZ’s bestever May sales, building on MKZ’s best-ever sales month in April.

In addition, Ford announced plans to build 740,000 vehicles in the third quarter, up 10 percent from the 673,000 vehicles produced in the third quarter of 2012.


Buoyed by robust sales gains for its Ram Truck and Jeep brands, Chrysler posted a May sales increase of 11 percent, compared with May 2012.

Chrysler spokesman Ralph Kisiel confirmed that Chrysler enjoyed its best May sales since 2007, and last month’s stellar sales performance extended the Auburn Hills-based automaker’s streak of year-over-year sales gains to 38 consecutive months.

Kisiel said sales for the Ram Truck brand surged 24 percent year-over-year in May, closely followed by demand for Dodge brand vehicles, with sales up 23 percent year-overyear.

“We have a much more fuel-efficient lineup now, and that’s obviously something consumers are demanding,” said Kisiel, adding that Chrysler now offers 14 models that achieve a fuel economy rating of 25 mpg or better, and of the 14, six obtain at least 31 mpg.

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