FOR RELEASE: January 5, 2000

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GM REPORTS ROBUST DECEMBER SALES;
LEADS INDUSTRY IN TRUCK SALES DURING SECOND HALF OF 1999

  • Truck Sales up 21% -- December

  • FS Pickup Sales Soar 30%, Best Month Since March 1979

  • December Total Sales Up 6%

  • December Retail Sales up 10%; Retail Truck Sales up 22%

  • Car Sales Down 7% in December

DETROIT - General Motors today announced its December vehicle sales were up 6% from a year ago. December truck sales soared 21% from a year ago to 229,683 units -- a strong finish to the year after GM shattered its annual truck sales record in November. Not only was GM the industry's leading truck manufacturer during the second half of 1999, the company set a combined total of 57 truck sales records for December, the fourth quarter of 1999 and the full calendar year. In addition, GM retail truck sales climbed 22.4% in December.

GM topped off December with vehicle sales of 428,041 units, up 6.3% from 1998. Retail vehicle sales rose a healthy 10% during the month to 332,488 units.

December car sales of 198,358 units declined 7% from year-ago levels. Car sales were impacted by lower fleet deliveries in December. GM continued to show strength in midsize cars with the new Bonneville, Monte Carlo, Impala and Saturn L-Series. As a result of these new products, GM's calendar-year midsize car sales grew 18.3% from 1998, and the company's share of the midsize segment -- the industry's largest segment -- is up 2.6 points to 33.5% through November.

"The market acceptance of our all-new product entries, including midsize cars, fullsize pickups, and fullsize utilities is generating solid marketplace momentum," said Roy S. Roberts, GM Group Vice President of GM North America Vehicle, Sales, Service and Marketing. "That was evident in our December performance where we had the right mix, right price and right inventory. We will continue to build upon our strengths in 2000."

Fullsize pickups showed solid strength in December and throughout the year. It was the best December for fullsize pickup sales and the best month since March of 1979. Fullsize pickup sales climbed 30% to 82,065 units in December, and through the first 11 months of the year, GM's share of the fullsize pickup market rose nearly 3 percentage points to 38.3%.

Retail sales of fullsize pickups rose 24% to 72,311 units, marking the best December on record and the best calendar year in 20 years.

For the calendar year, GM's vehicle sales rose 9%, cars were up 5.5% and trucks climbed 12.9%.

"We've worked very hard to profitably improve our mix this year," said Roberts. "In 1999, trucks accounted for 48.3% of total sales versus 46.7% in 1998 -- an increase of almost 2 points or 280,000 more trucks. We said we'd improve mix, we did, and we will continue to improve our mix in this highly competitive marketplace."


Detroit - General Motors dealers in the United States today reported the following vehicle sales:

Curr S/D:   26
Prev S/D:   26

December

Calendar Year-to-Date
January - December

1999

1998

% Chg
per S/D

1999

1998

% Chg

Vehicle Total

428,041

402,714

6.3

5,017,150

4,603,991

9.0

Car Total

198,358

213,648

-7.2

2,591,420

2,456,018

5.5

Truck Total

229,683

189,066

21.5

2,425,730

2,147,973

12.9

Light Truck Total

226,892

186,779

21.5

2,395,480

2,122,754

12.8

Light Vehicle Total

425,250

400,427

6.2

4,986,900

4,578,772

8.9

 


Market Division
Vehicle Total

December

Calendar Year-to-Date
January - December

1999

1998

% Chg
per S/D

1999

1998

% Chg

Buick

30,118

37,035

-18.7

445,611

398,156

11.9

Cadillac

16,566

19,088

-13.2

178,507

182,570

-2.2

Chevrolet

236,315

208,081

13.6

2,610,324

2,426,530

7.6

GMC

52,644

37,051

42.1

541,987

467,982

15.8

Oldsmobile

26,054

34,976

-25.5

352,197

329,742

6.8

Pontiac

45,306

47,003

-3.6

616,413

536,469

14.9

Saab

2,920

3,542

-17.6

39,541

30,756

28.6

Saturn

18,118

15,938

13.7

232,570

231,786

0.3

 

Sales of Domestically Produced Vehicles

Car

194,599

208,904

-6.8

2,536,811

2,400,627

5.7

Light Truck

226,353

186,331

21.5

2,391,371

2,119,386

12.8

Twenty-six selling days for the December period this year and twenty-six for last year.

GM Car Deliveries - (United States)
December 1999

                                December

Calendar Year-to-Date
January - December

1999

1998

%Chg
per S/D

1999

1998

%Chg

Selling Days (S/D)

26

26

0 0 0 0

Century

10,573

11,526

-8.3

157,035

126,220

24.4

LeSabre

11,417

11,574

-1.4

149,445

136,551

9.4

Park Avenue

4,165

5,790

-28.1

62,868

58,187

8.0

Regal

3,939

7,485

-47.4

74,016

65,979

12.2

Riviera

24

660

-96.4

2,247

9,390

-76.1

Roadmaster

0

0

***.*

0

68

***.*

Roadmaster Estate

0

0

***.*

0

14

***.*

Skylark

0

0

***.*

0

1,747

***.*

Buick Total

30,118

37,035

-18.7

445,611

398,156

11.9

Catera

839

1,202

-30.2

15,068

24,635

-38.8

DeVille

8,951

10,185

-12.1

90,755

100,513

-9.7

Eldorado

1,350

1,450

-6.9

15,255

15,598

-2.2

Fleetwood

0

0

***.*

0

22

***.*

Seville

2,482

4,712

-47.3

33,532

38,713

-13.4

Cadillac Total

13,622

17,549

-22.4

154,610

179,481

-13.9

Beretta

0

0

***.*

0

25

***.*

Camaro

2,959

3,002

-1.4

40,726

47,577

-14.4

Caprice

0

0

***.*

0

67

***.*

Cavalier

20,440

21,765

-6.1

272,122

256,099

6.3

Corsica

0

0

***.*

0

33

***.*

Corvette

2,874

2,561

12.2

29,963

29,208

2.6

Impala (W)

13,171

0

***.*

81,247

0

***.*

Lumina

4,150

10,837

-61.7

97,607

177,631

-45.1

Malibu

19,901

20,776

-4.2

218,540

223,703

-2.3

Metro

3,300

1,929

71.1

31,989

28,515

12.2

Monte Carlo

5,685

4,884

16.4

68,309

64,022

6.7

Prizm

2,479

4,193

-40.9

44,246

49,552

-10.7

Chevrolet Total

74,959

69,947

7.2

884,749

876,432

0.9

98

0

0

***.*

0

48

***.*

Achieva

0

6

***.*

34

888

-96.2

Alero

8,787

9,274

-5.3

118,907

28,134

322.6

Aurora

322

2,769

-88.4

16,321

21,374

-23.6

Ciera

0

0

***.*

0

63

***.*

Cutlass

400

3,329

-88.0

32,677

53,438

-38.9

Cutlass Supreme

2

12

-83.3

78

1,601

-95.1

Eighty Eight

236

5,819

-95.9

23,915

65,877

-63.7

Intrigue

9,033

7,553

19.6

90,057

90,563

-0.6

Oldsmobile Total

18,780

28,762

-34.7

281,989

261,986

7.6

Bonneville

3,614

4,016

-10.0

45,111

59,638

-24.4

Firebird

2,384

2,326

2.5

33,850

31,692

6.8

Grand Am

17,148

17,773

-3.5

234,936

180,428

30.2

Grand Prix

10,828

11,181

-3.2

148,197

122,915

20.6

Sunfire

5,867

5,579

5.2

90,256

82,748

9.1

Pontiac Total

39,841

40,875

-2.5

552,350

477,421

15.7

900

12

145

-91.7

238

9,009

-97.4

9000

3

18

-83.3

52

993

-94.8

9-3

1,467

1,737

-15.5

22,473

12,826

75.2

9-5

1,438

1,642

-12.4

16,778

7,928

111.6

Saab Total

2,920

3,542

-17.6

39,541

30,756

28.6

EV1

43

16

168.8

137

264

-48.1

LS

4,312

0

***.*

20,721

0

***.*

LW

758

0

***.*

3,735

0

***.*

SC

1,875

2,916

-35.7

41,382

37,018

11.8

SL

10,296

11,921

-13.6

152,458

177,399

-14.1

SW

834

1,085

-23.1

14,137

17,105

-17.4

Saturn Total

18,118

15,938

13.7

232,570

231,786

0.3

GM Total

198,358

213,648

-7.2

2,591,420

2,456,018

5.5

GM Car Deliveries by Production Source

GM North America *

194,599

208,904

-6.8

2,536,811

2,400,627

5.7

GM Import

3,759

4,744

-20.8

54,609

55,391

-1.4

GM Total

198,358

213,648

-7.2

2,591,420

2,456,018

5.5

* Includes U.S./Canada/Mexico

GM Car Deliveries by Production Source and Marketing Division

Buick Total

30,118

37,035

-18.7

445,611

398,156

11.9

Cadillac Total

12,783

16,347

-21.8

139,542

154,846

-9.9

Chevrolet Total

74,959

69,947

7.2

884,749

876,432

0.9

Oldsmobile Total

18,780

28,762

-34.7

281,989

261,986

7.6

Pontiac Total

39,841

40,875

-2.5

552,350

477,421

15.7

Saturn Total

18,118

15,938

13.7

232,570

231,786

0.3

GM North America Total*

194,599

208,904

-6.8

2,536,811

2,400,627

5.7

Cadillac Total

839

1,202

-30.2

15,068

24,635

-38.8

Saab Total

2,920

3,542

-17.6

39,541

30,756

28.6

GM Import Total

3,759

4,744

-20.8

54,609

55,391

-1.4

GM Vehicle Deliveries by Marketing Division

Buick Total

30,118

37,035

-18.7

445,611

398,156

11.9

Cadillac Total

16,566

19,088

-13.2

178,507

182,570

-2.2

Chevrolet Total

236,315

208,081

13.6

2,610,324

2,426,530

7.6

GMC Total

52,644

37,051

42.1

541,987

467,982

15.8

Oldsmobile Total

26,054

34,976

-25.5

352,197

329,742

6.8

Pontiac Total

45,306

47,003

-3.6

616,413

536,469

14.9

Saab Total

2,920

3,542

-17.6

39,541

30,756

28.6

Saturn Total

18,118

15,938

13.7

232,570

231,786

0.3

GM Total

428,041

402,714

6.3

5,017,150

4,603,991

9.0

* Includes US/Canada/Mexico

 

GM Truck Deliveries - (United States)
December 1999

                        December

Calendar Year-to-Date
January - December

1999

1998

% Chg
per S/D

1999

1998

% Chg

Selling Days (S/D)

26

26

0 0 0 0

Escalade

2,944

1,539

91.3

23,897

3,089

673.6

Total Cadillac

2,944

1,539

91.3

23,897

3,089

673.6

Astro

8,898

8,772

1.4

102,427

95,977

6.7

C/K Suburban(Chev)

13,059

10,969

19.1

138,977

108,933

27.6

Chevy C/T Series

793

832

-4.7

9,505

7,897

20.4

Chevy GP Cutaway

0

0

***.*

0

1

***.*

Chevy P Models & Mtr Hms

131

1,309

-90.0

5,754

15,816

-63.6

Chevy Van Cut/G Cut

1,558

1,109

40.5

15,407

11,619

32.6

Chevy Van/G Classic

6,599

5,332

23.8

77,220

62,193

24.2

Express/G Sportvan

969

811

19.5

13,214

8,658

52.6

Kodiak/Med. Chassis

0

0

***.*

0

31

***.*

Lumina Minivan

0

0

***.*

0

12

***.*

S/T Blazer

29,102

20,625

41.1

232,140

219,710

5.7

S/T Pickup

16,967

13,779

23.1

233,669

228,093

2.4

Silverado-C/K Pickup

62,738

53,094

18.2

636,150

538,254

18.2

Tahoe

8,679

12,459

-30.3

122,213

133,235

-8.3

Tiltmaster Medium

9

9

0.0

52

92

-43.5

Tiltmaster W4 Light

348

208

67.3

2,180

1,919

13.6

Tracker

4,715

946

398.4

40,024

20,296

97.2

Venture

6,791

7,880

-13.8

96,643

97,362

-0.7

Chevrolet Total

161,356

138,134

16.8

1,725,575

1,550,098

11.3

C/K Suburban(GMC)

3,158

4,551

-30.6

44,886

42,423

5.8

Forward Medium

39

22

77.3

150

270

-44.4

GMC C/T Series

1,950

1,424

36.9

20,543

16,884

21.7

P Models & Mtr Hms(GMC)

33

219

-84.9

696

1,674

-58.4

S/T Jimmy

11,458

5,726

100.1

79,375

72,301

9.8

Safari (GMC)

2,352

2,623

-10.3

31,840

30,921

3.0

Savana Panel/G Classic

1,834

1,915

-4.2

26,042

26,633

-2.2

Savana Special/G Cut

1,794

268

569.4

10,005

6,102

64.0

Savana/Rally

272

242

12.4

3,011

2,921

3.1

Sierra

19,327

10,075

91.8

208,693

160,555

30.0

Sonoma

4,167

4,336

-3.9

57,992

54,819

5.8

Topkick/Med. Chassis

0

0

***.*

0

45

***.*

W4 Forward Light

353

395

-10.6

3,617

3,079

17.5

Yukon

4,114

5,255

-21.7

53,280

49,355

8.0

Yukon XL

1,793

0

***.*

1,857

0

***.*

GMC Total

52,644

37,051

42.1

541,987

467,982

15.8

Bravada

3,952

2,529

56.3

29,258

30,202

-3.1

Silhouette

3,322

3,685

-9.9

40,950

37,554

9.0

Oldsmobile Total

7,274

6,214

17.1

70,208

67,756

3.6

Montana

5,456

5,164

5.7

62,547

10,819

478.1

Trans Sport

9

964

-99.1

1,516

48,229

-96.9

Pontiac Total

5,465

6,128

-10.8

64,063

59,048

8.5

GM Total

229,683

189,066

21.5

2,425,730

2,147,973

12.9

 

GM TRUCK Deliveries by Production Source

GM North America *

229,096

188,587

21.5

2,421,419

2,144,243

12.9

GM Import

587

479

22.5

4,311

3,730

15.6

GM Total

229,683

189,066

21.5

2,425,730

2,147,973

12.9

 

GM Light Duty Truck Deliveries by Production Source

GM North America *

226,353

186,331

21.5

2,391,371

2,119,386

12.8

GM Import

539

448

20.3

4,109

3,368

22.0

GM Total

226,892

186,779

21.5

2,395,480

2,122,754

12.8

* Includes U.S./Canada/Mexico

 

GM TRUCK Deliveries by Production Source and Marketing Division

Cadillac Total

2,944

1,539

91.3

23,897

3,089

673.6

Chevrolet Total

161,050

137,976

16.7

1,723,929

1,548,731

11.3

GMC Total

52,363

36,730

42.6

539,322

465,619

15.8

Oldsmobile Total

7,274

6,214

17.1

70,208

67,756

3.6

Pontiac Total

5,465

6,128

-10.8

64,063

59,048

8.5

GM North America Total*

229,096

188,587

21.5

2,421,419

2,144,243

12.9

Chevrolet Total

306

158

93.7

1,646

1,367

20.4

GMC Total

281

321

-12.5

2,665

2,363

12.8

GM Import Total

587

479

22.5

4,311

3,730

15.6

 

GM Light Truck Deliveries by Production Source and Marketing Division

Cadillac Total

2,944

1,539

91.3

23,897

3,089

673.6

Chevrolet Total

160,257

137,144

16.9

1,714,424

1,540,803

11.3

GMC Total

50,413

35,306

42.8

518,779

448,690

15.6

Oldsmobile Total

7,274

6,214

17.1

70,208

67,756

3.6

Pontiac Total

5,465

6,128

-10.8

64,063

59,048

8.5

GM North America Total*

226,353

186,331

21.5

2,391,371

2,119,386

12.8

Chevrolet Total

297

149

99.3

1,594

1,275

25.0

GMC Total

242

299

-19.1

2,515

2,093

20.2

GM Import Total

539

448

20.3

4,109

3,368

22.0

 

GM Light Truck Deliveries by Marketing Division

Cadillac Total

2,944

1,539

91.3

23,897

3,089

673.6

Chevrolet Total

160,554

137,293

16.9

1,716,018

1,542,078

11.3

GMC Total

50,655

35,605

42.3

521,294

450,783

15.6

Oldsmobile Total

7,274

6,214

17.1

70,208

67,756

3.6

Pontiac Total

5,465

6,128

-10.8

64,063

59,048

8.5

GM Total

226,892

186,779

21.5

2,395,480

2,122,754

12.8

* Includes US/Canada/Mexico