GM sales down 1.2 percent from last August


It was said to be the best car-selling month in eight years, yet General Motors Co. fell short in sales, down 1.2 percent from last August.

Sales of the Lordstown-built Chevrolet Cruze fell 2 percent from last year, but they’re still up 3.6 percent for the year ­in the tough, competitive compact-car market.

Glenn Johnson, president of United Auto Workers Local 1112, thought the delivery of 23,435 Cruzes in August was fantastic. Last August 23,909 were sold. The Cruze did see an increase of 23 percent in retail deliveries,

according to GM.

“I am not too concerned,” Johnson said. “Things run in cycles. All I can really be concerned about is what is in front of us and what we are doing.”

The new 2015 Cruze is expected to roll out soon and will have upgrades and a fresh look that “will keep it fresh in the customers’ eyes,” said Johnson, whose union works at the Lordstown complex.

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