Chevrolet Continues As The Industry’s Fastest Growing Brand, Leading GM Retail Sales Increase

Dan Flores

General Motors’ Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac dealers in the United States delivered 203,745 vehicles in January 2016, the company’s best January sales performance in eight years. GM’s retail sales were up sharply, climbing 9 percent year over year on the strength of a 12 percent increase at Chevrolet and a 45 percent increase at Buick. Total sales were up 0.5 percent.

“GM began 2016 in very strong competitive position,” said Kurt McNeil, GM’s U.S. vice president of sales operations. “We built on that momentum in January, with Chevrolet, Buick and GMC outperforming the retail industry by a wide margin. In fact, Chevrolet continues to grow faster than any other full-line brand.”

Chevrolet gained close to 2 percentage points of retail market share in January after the brand had the largest retail market share increase of any full-line brand in 2015.
Chevrolet had its best January passenger car retail sales since 1997.

The Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra posted a combined 7 percent increase in total sales. GM grew full-size pickup market share faster than all other competitors in 2015.

Throughout 2015 and continuing into January, the GMC Sierra, Canyon, Yukon and Yukon XL have had the highest average transaction prices in their respective segments, according to J.D. Power PIN estimates.

Buick retail deliveries surged 45 percent in January, driven by owner loyalty.

“We believe industry fundamentals such as the age of the vehicle fleet, well managed inventory levels, firm used car pricing, good credit availability and low fuel prices will support higher industry sales in 2016,” said Mustafa Mohatarem, GM’s chief economist. “In addition, household balance sheets are strong and the labor market continues to improve.”

GM’s strong sales dovetailed with a strategic approach to inventories and fleet deliveries:

GM inventories are disciplined, and the company expects to operate with about a 70 days’ supply throughout the year in most months, with some months higher or lower.

GM’s Commercial sales are growing and daily rental sales are becoming a smaller part of the overall business.

As a result of lower rental deliveries, GM expects its fleet mix in 2016 to be about 20 percent, compared with a historical range of 22 – 24 percent.

January Sales Highlights vs. 2015 (except as noted)

Chevrolet

Chevrolet had its best January retail performance since 2005, with car sales up 25 percent, truck sales up 5 percent and crossover deliveries up 5 percent. The brand has had 10 consecutive months of retail sales gains.
Silverado had its best January total and retail sales since 2007.
Ten Chevrolet models – Silverado, Suburban, Tahoe, Colorado, Camaro, Impala, Malibu, Cruze, Sonic and Traverse – grew retail market share in their respective segments.
The all-new 2016 Chevrolet Malibu accounted for about half of Malibu sales in January. Malibu had its best January retail sales since 1981.
Tahoe and Suburban had their best January retail sales since 2008.
Cruze and Volt had their best January retail sales ever and the Camaro had its best January retail sales since 1996.
Trax total and retail sales more than doubled.

GMC

GMC had its best January total and retail sales since 2004.
Combined Sierra and Canyon total sales increased, with Sierra up 14 percent and Canyon up 3 percent.
Yukon retail sales were up 4 percent.

Buick

Buick had its best January retail performance since 2003, with retail deliveries up 45 percent. Total sales were the best January since 2004.
Combined sales of Buick’s passenger cars were up 73 percent. LaCrosse had its best January total sales since 2010.
Sales of Buick’s crossovers were up a combined 24 percent.
Encore has had 25 months year-over-year growth in both retail and total sales.
The all-new Cascada is now arriving at Buick dealers.

Cadillac
SRX total deliveries were up 37 percent for its best January total sales ever.
Cadillac is maintaining the highest ATPs in the brand’s history, and leads its competitive set.

Average Transaction Prices/Incentives
GM grew ATPs three times faster than the industry average from 2010-2015. In January 2016, ATPs were $33,600, about $3,000 above the industry average.
GM’s incentive spending as a percentage of ATP was 12.4 percent in January, in line with the domestic competitors and lower than some Asian competitors. Industry average spending was 10.7 percent.

Fleet and Commercial

Commercial deliveries up for 27th consecutive month
GM grew Commercial sales 6 percent in January after growing sales 38 percent since 2013.
In January, GM sold nearly 13,000 fewer rental vehicles compared to January 2015, per plan. GM expects another significant reduction in rental deliveries in 2016.

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