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All three U.S. automakers saw their sales increase in November, helped by higher incentive spending headed into the holiday selling season. General Motors’ sales increased by 6.9% driven by improvements in Chevrolet and GMC sales. It sold 180,402 vehicles in November, up from 168,739 a year earlier. Truck sales were up 25% from the prior year whole crossover sales dropped 9%.
President of U.S. Sales, Don Johnson, commented, “Truck sales showed a very solid increase, as we expected, but the momentum building behind our most fuel efficient vehicles was even stronger.” Ford Motor’s sales increased 13% from 2010 to 166,865 with double digit gains for the Fiesta, Fusion, Escape, Explorer, F-Series trucks, Econoline vans and Ranger.
Ken Czubay, VP Marketing, Sales and Service said, “With gasoline prices continuing to track higher than last year, consumers continue to value fuel economy – no matter what size or kind of vehicle best meets their needs.”
Lastly, Chrysler said its U.S. auto sales rose 45% in November, as car sale more than doubled and truck sales saw a double-digit improvement. Regarding incentive spending, Edmunds.com said the industry spent an average of $2,253 for each vehicle sold, up from $2,155 in October. GM reported the larges sequential increase, spending 8.9% more than it did in October, while Ford spent an additional 4.9%. Chrysler was able to build its numbers without spending more, seeing incentive spending fall by 7.5% in the month.
General Motors (GM : NYSE : US$21.00), Net Change: -0.29, % Change: -1.36%, Volume: 11,166,018
Ford Motor (F : NYSE : US$10.59), Net Change: -0.01, % Change: -0.09%, Volume: 57,529,537
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