Significant Growth Seen in Automaker December Sales

Detroit News - January 3, 2013

Chrysler, Ford and GM all saw Decem­ber sales rise above ana­lyst expec­ta­tions, joined by Hon­da, Hyundai, Toy­ota and Volk­swa­gen.

Check out the facts and fig­ures on automak­er Decem­ber sales.

Over­all, [Chrysler] the Auburn Hills automak­er had a 10 per­cent rise in Decem­ber sales com­pared to Decem­ber 2011. Chrysler sold 152,367 vehi­cles last month.

Chrysler’s U.S. mar­ket share grew to 11.2 per­cent in 2012, the automak­er said, up from 10.5 per­cent share in 2011.

Mean­while, Ford Motor Co., buoyed by its best Decem­ber sales results since 2006, fin­ished 2012 up 4.7 per­cent. The automaker’s F-Series trucks capped the 36th con­sec­u­tive year as the best-sell­ing pick­up and 31st straight year as America’s best-sell­ing vehi­cle. The automak­er post­ed a 1.9 per­cent increase in Decem­ber sales.

Gen­er­al Motors Co. sold near­ly 2.6 mil­lion vehi­cles in 2012, up 3.7 per­cent from the year before, the automak­er said Thurs­day.

GM’s U.S. sales rose 4.9 per­cent in Decem­ber, as it sold 245,733 vehi­cles.

In Decem­ber, the Buick brand’s sales jumped 10 per­cent over the same month in 2011, while Cadil­lac sales shot up 12.2 per­cent, Chevro­let sales rose 3.7 per­cent and GMC sales increased by 4.7 per­cent.

For all of 2012, Buick sales were up 1.6 per­cent, Chevro­let sales increased 4.3 per­cent, GMC sales increased 4 per­cent and Cadil­lac sales fell 1.7 per­cent.

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