GM is once again the top seller with government agencies, after losing that title to Ford over the past few years. A Bloomberg report based on a Freedom of Information Act request shows that GM sold 19,404 vehicles to the federal government in the fiscal year that ended September 30th, up 3.5 percent. Sales of Fords were down by 43 percent, to 10,734 vehicles.
Meanwhile, federal government purchases of Chrysler vehicles were down 11 percent to 9,468 units. While certain camps may be quick to link the auto bailout and the government’s purchasing decisions, GM had held the top spot in prior years, and Ford’s decline was blamed on rising prices for their new offerings. According to GM, federal government sales accounts for 3 percent of their entire sales.
Topping the sales charts for the feds was the Chevrolet Malibu, with 4,341 sold at an average transaction price of $15,778. Also popular were the Chevrolet Impala and Tahoe, the Ram 1500, Dodge Grand Caravan, Ford Focus and F-Series trucks.