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October 2007 GM sales of SUVs surpass ’06 numbers

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JAMES P. LEUTE
November 6, 2007
— With two months to go, positive October sales of the full-size sport utility vehicles made in Janesville helped General Motors in its race to surpass last year’s level of sales.

In October, GM sold 8,317 Chevy Suburbans and 16,066 Chevy Tahoes, up 15.3 percent and 26.8 percent, respectively, over similar product sales in October 2006. GMC Yukon XL sales of 4,764 and Yukon deliveries of 7,706 were 8 percent and 22.1 percent ahead of October 2006.


GM plants in Janesville, Arlington, Texas and Silao, Mexico build the four vehicles.


On a combined basis, GM has sold 289,324 of the big trucks through Oct. 31. While sales of Suburban and Yukon XL are ahead of last year’s pace, Tahoe and Yukon are trailing.


For all of 2006, GM delivered 355,591 Suburbans, Tahoes, Yukon XLs and Yukons. That puts the automaker 81 percent of the way to last year’s sales level.


Selling that remaining 19 percent is certainly possible. At this point last year, GM was 19 percent behind its eventual year-end sales 355,591 units.


Solid October 2007 sales of GM’s full-size utilities and crossovers positioned the company well, said Mark LaNeve, GM’s vice president of North American sales.


“Our strong market share performance and our ability to outpace industry trends on volume demonstrates the consumer acceptance of our new products,” he said. “Over the past two years, our new products including the Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra, Cadillac CTS, full-size utilities, and mid-crossovers have all gained retail share following launch.”



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