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General Motors Posts 18-Percent Sales Increase for January

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 2/3/2015 Conner Golden

With a meteoric rise in full-size SUV sales, General Motors posted an impressive 18-percent increase in overall sales. There were a few standout winners and losers, but the SUVs provided the largest sales push.


2015 Cadillac Escalade© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Cadillac Escalade Winner: Full-Size SUVs, 18,115 total sold

After a slew of model redesigns, the full-size SUV offerings from GM were the real standouts this month, with the Cadillac Escalade moving 1,664 units, on to a year-over-year increase of 136 percent. GMC Yukon and Yukon XL followed suit, with 2,649 and 1,965 sales, respectively, posting respective overall increases by 106 percent and 127 percent. Finally, the Chevrolet Suburban and Tahoe saw respective year-over-year increases of 142 percent and 88 percent, onto a combined sales total of 10,737 units.

2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Silverado 1500 LTZ Z71 Winner: Chevrolet Silverado/GMC Sierra lineup, 48,727 total units sold

No surprises here, as the Silverado and Sierra truck lineup continues its upward climb, selling 36,106 and 12,621 units, respectively. New special editions and packages contribute to the strong sales, but it’s still uncertain if we’ll see dip in the future when potential buyers opt for the smaller Chevrolet Colorado or GMC Canyon instead. Despite the growth, the Silverado and Sierra were outsold by Ford’s updated and refreshed F-150 lineup.

2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Charging© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Spark EV Charging Winner: Chevrolet Spark, 3,170 units sold, up 71.5 percent

Chevrolet’s subcompact Spark sees a winning increase, with a year-over-year increase of 71 percent. GM’s push for recent years to innovate its small cars is still a work in progress, and we’ll only see improvements following implementation of the Ecotec engine family.

2013-chevrolet-traverse-front-three-quarters© Provided by MotorTrend 2013-chevrolet-traverse-front-three-quarters Winner: Chevrolet Traverse, 10,151 units sold, up 89 percent

The surprise standout for Chevrolet is the nearly double year-over-year sales increase for the Traverse SUV. The Traverse sold 10,151 units in January, compared to just 5,368 units sold in January 2014.

2015 Buick Verano© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Buick Verano Loser: Buick brand, Down 5.5 percent overall sales

Bad news from Buick, as it reported a 5.5 percent overall sales loss. Only the Buick Encore posted a positive increase in sales, with 3,465 units sold, up 46 percent year-over-year. Everything else from the Buick lineup is down, with Buick Regal and LaCrosse down 45 and 29 percent, respectively. Buick just revealed its new compact convertible, the Cascada at the recent Detroit auto show, which could bring a different kind of buyer into showrooms.

2015 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan Front Side Studio View© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 Chevrolet Sonic Sedan Front Side Studio View Loser: Chevrolet Sonic, 3,521 units sold, down 46 percent

Chevrolet’s compact Sonic did not look so hot in January, with a sales decline of nearly 50 percent. By contrast, its slightly larger brother, the Chevrolet Cruze, did reasonably well with an 11 percent year-over-year sales increase.

2015 GMC Canyon 4WD SLE Crew Cab Front Three Quarter 01© Provided by MotorTrend 2015 GMC Canyon 4WD SLE Crew Cab Front Three Quarter 01

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