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GM sales up again, defying expectations



Published: Tue, July 1, 2014 @ 10:55 p.m.

YOUNGSTOWN

While Chevy Cruze sales numbers were a bit off last June’s all-time high, GM once again shocked analyst sales predictions with 267,461 delivered vehicles in the U.S. last month, and total sales up 1 percent compared to a year ago.

Last June, GM saw an all-time monthly sale record of 32,871 Lordstown-produced Chevrolet Cruzes sold. This June the numbers are down 20.9 percent with 26,008 sold.

Overall, Cruze sales are up 8.7 percent for the year, however.

GM’s total retail sales were up 1 percent and fleet sales were up 2 percent.

“Everyone is expecting GM to take somewhat of a hit, but so far we haven’t seen it in the sale numbers at all,” said Tim Fleming, an analyst for Kelley Blue Book, a research firm. “[It was] a good month for GM overall.”

Both GM-Lordstown union leaders Glenn Johnson, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112, and Robert Morales, president of UAW Local 1714, saw the numbers as a positive despite them being behind last year’s record.

Read the complete story in Wednesday's Vindicator or on Vindy.com.


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