General Motors Ford See Sales Hikes

02.02.10 | FL News Team

(Detroit, MI)  --  Retail sales of General Motors' four core brands were up three-percent at U.S. dealerships in January compared to a year ago.  Those nameplates, Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac, notched the fourth straight month of year-over-year sales increases.  Sales of the brands being shed through bankruptcy were down 90-percent from last year, but accounted for just two-percent of GM's overall retail sales in January.  Those are Pontiac, Saturn, Saab and Hummer.  While retail sales for GM were up three percent, the automaker says total sales rose by 30-percent compared to January, 2009.

Ford credits its lineup of new cars and trucks for a 24-percent sales boost last month compared to a year ago.  The company says the number of Ford cars sold skyrocketed by 43-percent while crossover vehicles were up 20-percent.  There was only an eight-percent increase in the sales of SUVs, while the number of trucks and vans sold went up 14-percent.  Of the brands sold by the company, all Ford cars and trucks were up 26-percent, Lincoln sales went up 16-percent and Mercury sales increased six-percent.  The positive figures added to Ford's overall market share, up two-percent to 16-percent.