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September 2008 Sales: General Motors Corp.

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September 2008 Sales:

Highest Monthly Market Share of 2008
Oct 1 - GM Media Online
Link to GM Press Release
  • Chevrolet Malibu retail sales up 192 percent; Pontiac Vibe up 61 percent compared with last September
  • Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook crossover total sales up 10 percent; first 226 Chevrolet Traverse sales recorded
  • 72,500 Chevrolet Silverado, Avalanche and GMC Sierra pickups sold; beats industry trend as segment-leading vehicles grab market share
  • GM's market share estimated at 27 percent, marks second consecutive month of market share gains
  • Total Q3 sales up 4 percent compared with Q2, with market share improving by more than 3 percentage points



DETROIT - General Motors dealers in the United States delivered 284,300 vehicles in September, giving GM its best monthly share so far in 2008. GM's share improvement was led by continued strong performances in the mid-car, crossover and full size truck segments. The GM Employee Discount for Everyone sale built awareness for the company's outstanding lineup and offered compelling values to customers. GM's brands are having divisional sales events this month to keep the marketplace momentum building.

A strong lineup of new products, combined with sales and marketing programs geared toward a particularly challenging market, helped GM outpace major competitors this month. GM total September sales were down 16 percent compared to an industry decline anticipated to exceed 20 percent. Of note, GM total third quarter 2008 sales of 828,000 vehicles were 4 percent higher than second quarter sales of 799,000 vehicles and 3 percent higher than first quarter sales of 806,000.

"September marked the second consecutive month where GM performed extremely well in tough market conditions," said Mark LaNeve, vice president, GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "We again gained retail share and our total market share looks to be above 27 percent for the month without an increase in incentives.

"In a market where customers are cautious and seeking value, more and more are choosing a fuel efficient, award-winning GM product," LaNeve added. "Comparing Q3 to Q2, we also saw a lot of positives. Volume was up 4 percent with retail trucks improving 23 percent. Of note were our full-size pickups that jumped 30 percent compared with Q2. Importantly, market share improved more than 3 percentage points quarter-to-quarter."

GM launch products continued to build momentum in September and throughout the quarter.

"We saw great performance in our launch products - Malibu was up nearly 200 percent - and we're very excited to have the first deliveries of the Chevrolet Traverse mid-utility crossover," LaNeve said. "We're also seeing some renewed demand for pickups and anticipate that our divisional sales programs this month will help fuel the market. Sales of the GMC Sierra were up last month. Our mid-car segment vehicle sales were up 23 percent in September. We saw the Chevrolet HHR gain 14 percent. Pontiac saw gains with the Vibe and G5 while Saturn saw increased sales for the Vue and Outlook. "

The success of GM's product lineup, combined with a compelling value offer, helped the company mitigate the industry challenges as total GM car sales declined just 9.8 percent, while trucks (excluding crossovers) declined 22 percent when compared with a year ago.

GM's popular mid-utility crossovers - Chevrolet Traverse, Buick Enclave, GMC Acadia and Saturn Outlook -- together accounted for more than 14,000 vehicle sales in the month. The first new Chevrolet Traverse crossovers were sold in September, marking the start of deliveries for the fourth vehicle in GM's industry-leading mid-utility crossover lineup.

For the month, a total of 1,957 hybrid vehicles were delivered as GM hybrids continue to gain in popularity in the marketplace. GM's hybrid sales for September included: 636 hybrid Chevrolet Tahoe, 374 GMC Yukon and 91 Cadillac Escalade

2-mode SUVs delivered. There were 382 Chevrolet Malibu, 31 Saturn Aura and 443 Vue hybrids sold in September. GM has sold 9,053 hybrids so far in 2008.

"Customers are responding to our hybrid vehicles - cutting-edge cars and trucks that provide industry-leading value, great fuel economy and the best warranty coverage of any full-line automaker," LaNeve noted. "The public reveal of the production version of the Chevrolet Volt E-REV as the highlight of our GMnext celebration last month showcases GM's leadership in advanced propulsion technology and fuel efficiency."

With its solid sales performances the past two months, GM has aggressively managed inventories to historically low levels. In September, only about 717,000 vehicles were in stock - the lowest September in a decade - down about 179,000 vehicles (or about 20 percent) compared with last September. There were about 275,000 cars and 442,000 trucks (including crossovers) in inventory at the end of September.

Certified Used Vehicles

September 2008 sales for all certified GM brands, including GM Certified Used Vehicles, Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, Saturn Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, Saab Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, and HUMMER Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, were 35,341 vehicles, down 13 percent from September 2007. Year-to-date sales are 374,716 vehicles, down 6 percent from the same period last year.

GM Certified Used Vehicles, the industry's top-selling certified brand, posted September sales of 30,375 vehicles, down 16 percent from September 2007. Saturn Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles sold 817 vehicles, down 7 percent. Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles sold 3,269 vehicles, up 8 percent. Saab Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles sold 687 vehicles, up 22 percent, and HUMMER Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles sold 193 vehicles, up 41 percent.

"Our Cadillac, Saab and HUMMER Certified Pre-Owned programs each achieved strong sales increases in September, while GM Certified Used Vehicles again sets the sales pace for all OEM certified pre-owned programs," said LaNeve. "In September GM Certified Used Vehicles, which includes Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Pontiac models, sold its 3-millionth vehicle since the program's launch in 1997, the first manufacturer-certified program in the industry to reach that sales milestone."

GM North America Reports September, 2008 Production; Third-Quarter Production at 915,000 Vehicles; Fourth Quarter Forecast remains at 875,000 Vehicles

In September, GM North America produced 335,000 vehicles (162,000 cars and 173,000 trucks). This is up 12,000 vehicles or 4 percent compared with September 2007 when the region produced 323,000 vehicles (118,000 cars and 205,000 trucks). (Production totals include joint venture production of 18,000 vehicles in September 2008 and 15,000 vehicles in September 2007.)

The GM North America third-quarter production was 915,000 vehicles (437,000 cars and 478,000 trucks) which was down 10 percent compared with a year ago, due to production adjustments in response to market changes that will reduce the number of trucks produced by about 175,000 and increase the number of cars by about 70,000. GM North America built 1.020 million vehicles (367,000 cars and 653,000 trucks) in the third-quarter of 2007.

The GM North America fourth-quarter production forecast remains at 875,000 vehicles (407,000 cars and 468,000 trucks) which is down about 16 percent compared with a year ago. GM North America built 1.042 million vehicles (358,000 cars and 684,000 trucks) in the fourth-quarter of 2007.

General Motors Corp. (NYSE: GM), the world's largest automaker, has been the annual global industry sales leader for 77 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 266,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 35 countries. In 2007, nearly 9.37 million GM cars and trucks were sold globally under the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, GM Daewoo, Holden, HUMMER, Opel, Pontiac, Saab, Saturn, Vauxhall and Wuling. GM's OnStar subsidiary is the industry leader in vehicle safety, security and information services. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

Note: GM sales and production results are available on GM Media OnLine at http://media.gm.com by clicking on News, then Sales/Production. In this press release and related comments by General Motors management, we use words like "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "forecast," "objective," "plan," "goal" and similar expressions to identify forward-looking statements, representing our current judgment about possible future events. We believe these judgments are reasonable, but actual results may differ materially due to a variety of important factors. Among other items, such factors might include: market acceptance of our products; shortages of and price increases for fuel; significant changes in the competitive environment and the effect of competition on our markets, including on our pricing policies; our ability to maintain adequate liquidity and financing sources and an appropriate level of debt; and changes in general economic conditions. GM's most recent annual report on Form 10-K and quarterly report on Form 10-Q provide information about these factors, which may be revised or supplemented in future reports to the SEC on Form 10-Q or 8-K.
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Impressive given how much the auto market fell. Chevrolet cars are doing well!

Is the Impala heavily incentivized/fleeted?

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People come into the showroom to see the Malibu then check out the Impala sitting next to it and find it to be a better size/dollar ratio and decide they don't care about pushrods/4-speed transmissions. </idle speculation>

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An excerpt from Wall Street Journal:

Toyota's fifth-straight month of sales drops shows how the Japanese giant -- once considered almost immune to the economic forces that have battered its Detroit-based rivals -- is now also suffering. Toyota sold 144,260 vehicles in September, compared with 213,042 a year earlier.Toyota, which is battling GM for the crown of the world's best-selling auto maker, said passenger car sales fell 28% to 88,342, while SUV sales dropped 38% to 22,784. Toyota led GM in sales in the first half of the year and narrowly missed out on unseating GM as the world's top auto seller last year.

Toyota division sales fell 36%, and Lexus recorded a 32% decline.

For Toyota, the last five years have seen particularly rapid sales growth, as the company expanded in the U.S. and other overseas markets. But the past 12 months have delivered more bad news for the auto industry than anyone imagined, making it difficult for Toyota and other auto makers to use emerging-market sales to offset huge U.S. losses.

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Might as well keep the employee pricing going. It can't be hurting GM much, especially when you consider GM's losses would have likely been closer to that of the rest of the industry had their not been employee pricing.

How is the CTS down with employee pricing? Low supply with the 08 to 09 switchover?

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Well at least the pricing promotion helped them not tank as much as the others.
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Might as well keep the employee pricing going. It can't be hurting GM much, especially when you consider GM's losses would have likely been closer to that of the rest of the industry had their not been employee pricing.

How is the CTS down with employee pricing? Low supply with the 08 to 09 switchover?

Yes a lot has to do with lack of inventory. I test drove a CTS (late August when GM opened the Employee Pricing) hoping to find one with Manual Transmission to buy it using Employee pricing. The guy told me that he had only 4 2008 model cars left and only 16 2009 model year cars. He was expecting to get the vehicles towards the end of the month. Seems like the switchover did not take place at a fast pace for the CTS.

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People come into the showroom to see the Malibu then check out the Impala sitting next to it and find it to be a better size/dollar ratio and decide they don't care about pushrods/4-speed transmissions. </idle speculation>

+1

Impala is still a very nice car. I didn't like it when it first came out, but the longer I look at the current gen car, the more I like it as a family car.

Chris

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Woohoo! Go Buick! :gitfunky:

I included BMW for SMK :P

Sept'08 Sales:

BMW 3-Series - 6,303

Buick Lucerne - 6,239

Nissan Maxima - 4,996

Chrysler 300 - 4,287

Lexus ES350 - 4,042

Toyota Avalon - 3,404

Lexus IS 250/350 - 3,044

Acura TL - 3,017

BMW 5-Series - 2,423

Lincoln MKS - 1,814

Hyundai Genesis - 1,029

Lexus GS 350/460 - 977

Mercury Sable - 783

Volvo S80 - 578

Hyundai Azera - 483

Acura RL - 259

Kia Amanti - 163

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Woohoo! Go Buick! :gitfunky:

I included BMW for SMK :P

Sept'08 Sales:

BMW 3-Series - 6,303

Buick Lucerne - 6,239

Nissan Maxima - 4,996

Chrysler 300 - 4,287

Lexus ES350 - 4,042

Toyota Avalon - 3,404

Lexus IS 250/350 - 3,044

Acura TL - 3,017

BMW 5-Series - 2,423

Lincoln MKS - 1,814

Hyundai Genesis - 1,029

Lexus GS 350/460 - 977

Mercury Sable - 783

Volvo S80 - 578

Hyundai Azera - 483

Acura RL - 259

Kia Amanti - 163

You cast a pretty wide net with the Lucern starting at $28K-3.5K cash back. A number of those cars start at 50% more than the Lucerne and some of them are almost 100% more. You may as well have thrown in the Corolla for comparison.

I will give props to the Lucerne exterior. It was the first non-ugly sedan that GM had made in years. I assume that was the Hand of Lutz in action.

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You cast a pretty wide net with the Lucern starting at $28K-3.5K cash back. A number of those cars start at 50% more than the Lucerne and some of them are almost 100% more. You may as well have thrown in the Corolla for comparison.

I will give props to the Lucerne exterior. It was the first non-ugly sedan that GM had made in years. I assume that was the Hand of Lutz in action.

Most of the vehicles on the list are not going for MSRP (TL & MKS are brand new). Everyone seems to be offering some type of incentive at the moment (cash back, lease, etc)

Most of the vehicles selected are in the $30k-$45k range (near-luxury) which overlaps Lucerne's price range. The BMW 5-series and Lexus GS were thrown in just for sales volume comparison. Lucerne's replacement may be more expensive and not sell as many, but the mid-luxury competitors aren't burning up the sales charts.

Lucerne's direct competitors were the ones I'm actually interested in. Lucerne's Sept'08 sales were better than any of its direct/indirect competitors. The fact that it takes an uber-yuppy BMW 3-Series to top out the Lucerne (and only by 64 units) is pretty damn impressive.

I'm sure this won't continue, so I'll celebrate while I can... but Fall & Winter are traditional good selling months for Buick... we'll see how it goes :)

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I will give props to the Lucerne exterior. It was the first non-ugly sedan that GM had made in years. I assume that was the Hand of Lutz in action.

It is coming from someone who wets on seeing the new TSX :rolleyes: .

Most of the vehicles on the list are not going for MSRP (TL & MKS are brand new). Everyone seems to be offering some type of incentive at the moment (cash back, lease, etc)

Most of the vehicles selected are in the $30k-$45k range (near-luxury) which is where the Lucerne resides MSRP-wise. The BMW 5-series and Lexus GS were thrown in just for sales volume comparison. Lucerne's replacement may not sell as many, but the mid-luxury competition aren't burning up the sales charts.

Lucerne's direct competitors were the ones I'm actually interested in. Lucerne's Sept'08 sales were better than any of its direct/indirect competitors. The fact that it takes an uber-yuppy BMW 3-Series to top out the Lucerne (and only by 64 units) is pretty damn impressive.

I'm sure this won't continue, so I'll celebrate while I can... but Fall & Winter are traditional good selling months for Buick... we'll see how it goes :)

Lucerne is third. C Class beat the 3er for first place. And the fact is the 3er has sedan, coupe and convertibles blobbed in those sales so it is not really apples vs. well... apples comparison.

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It is coming from someone who wets on seeing the new TSX :rolleyes: .

Lucerne is third. C Class beat the 3er for first place. And the fact is the 3er has sedan, coupe and convertibles blobbed in those sales so it is not really apples vs. well... apples comparison.

Oops! I didn't have MB numbers yet when I posted my list. That's a good point about BMW 3-Series. So, looking at sedan sales only, Lucerne would be 2nd... right under the C-Class. Cool. :smilewide:

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Great two months my little B-C-P dealer was so pleased he moved 6 Silverado's (sold all 08's but two reg. cab models) moved 2 Enclaves, 1 Traverse, 4 G6's, 3 Malibu's, 5 Impala's, 4 Lucerne's and 3 Cobalts. Oh yeah and they moved 5 Vibes as well. There lot is empty. They couldn't be more thrilled.

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Most of the vehicles on the list are not going for MSRP (TL & MKS are brand new). Everyone seems to be offering some type of incentive at the moment (cash back, lease, etc)

Most of the vehicles selected are in the $30k-$45k range (near-luxury) which overlaps Lucerne's price range. The BMW 5-series and Lexus GS were thrown in just for sales volume comparison. Lucerne's replacement may be more expensive and not sell as many, but the mid-luxury competitors aren't burning up the sales charts.

There are a number of cars that overlap the Lucerne's price range as much as the Lucerne overlaps the price range of many of the vehicles you have listed. e.g. Accord, Camry, Altima, etc. They offer the same level of "luxury" as the Lucerne (or certainly are more comparable than many of the cars you listed) and outsell it easily, sometimes several times over. That is as fair a comparison as what you are doing.

Lucerne's direct competitors were the ones I'm actually interested in. Lucerne's Sept'08 sales were better than any of its direct/indirect competitors. The fact that it takes an uber-yuppy BMW 3-Series to top out the Lucerne (and only by 64 units) is pretty damn impressive.

I can't imagine the BMW 3-Series being considered a direct competitor with the Lucerne. I'd love to see the stats, but I imagine the number of people seriously cross-shopping a BMW to a Buick are non-existent (like the RL's sales). Perhaps some people who would buy a Buick got lost and wandered into the BMW dealership, but BMW owners are not generally looking at Buicks.

I think of Cadillac as comparable to some of those cars. But Buick is in the same league as a Honda/Toyota... just for older people. For example, I will consider a BMW 3 series for my next car, I will even consider a CTS, but Buick isn't even on the radar.

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There are a number of cars that overlap the Lucerne's price range as much as the Lucerne overlaps the price range of many of the vehicles you have listed. e.g. Accord, Camry, Altima, etc. They offer the same level of "luxury" as the Lucerne (or certainly are more comparable than many of the cars you listed) and outsell it easily, sometimes several times over. That is as fair a comparison as what you are doing.

I can't imagine the BMW 3-Series being considered a direct competitor with the Lucerne. I'd love to see the stats, but I imagine the number of people seriously cross-shopping a BMW to a Buick are non-existent (like the RL's sales). Perhaps some people who would buy a Buick got lost and wandered into the BMW dealership, but BMW owners are not generally looking at Buicks.

I think of Cadillac as comparable to some of those cars. But Buick is in the same league as a Honda/Toyota... just for older people. For example, I will consider a BMW 3 series for my next car, I will even consider a CTS, but Buick isn't even on the radar.

Eh... wrong, wrong, wrong...

The Camry, Accord, and Altima etc (mainstream midsize sedans) lack several features that the Lucerne has available and are not comparable in "luxury" to the Lucerne by any definition (whether you define it by power, NVH levels, available options and features, warranty, size, fit'n'finish, quality of materials, or a combination of such). Transmissions do not make a luxury car (if so, then ACURA is even behind Buick since the Enclave has a 6-sp.) Hybrid versions do not make them a luxury car either, unless you believe the Malibu Hybrid should be positioned over a CTS. Isolated '0-60' figures don't define a car as luxury or the Cobalt SS would be a god right now.

I stated it in the original post and I explained it again in my response: I added BMW in for SMK's benefit since he has a very long history of actually comparing Buick sales to BMW sales. I never have or will call the 3-series a direct competitor to the Lucerne. By saying "Lucerne's direct competitors were the ones I'm actually interested in" it indicated the cars that mattered (as far as comparisons were concerned) within the list were the ones considered (by the market) as direct competitors... if you're actually that unfamiliar with Lucerne's direct and indirect competitors, I can highlight them in a future post. Would that help?

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Great two months my little B-C-P dealer was so pleased he moved 6 Silverado's (sold all 08's but two reg. cab models) moved 2 Enclaves, 1 Traverse, 4 G6's, 3 Malibu's, 5 Impala's, 4 Lucerne's and 3 Cobalts. Oh yeah and they moved 5 Vibes as well. There lot is empty. They couldn't be more thrilled.

Glad he had a good two months...that's great to hear!

Chris

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