GM October Sales Off 45%

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
gm october sales off 45

“General Motors dealers in the United States delivered 170,585 vehicles in October, down 45 percent compared with a year ago. GM truck sales of 97,119 were down 51 percent and car sales of 73,466 were off 34 percent.” And so the death knell sounds for what was once America’s largest automaker, the world’s largest automaker and the world’s most profitable company. As I stated previously, GM is now practically begging for a government bailout. Needless to say, the situation isn’t their fault. “We are obviously disappointed in our results which reflect a difficult comparison with a strong year-ago October performance,” writes Mark LaNeve, vice president, GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. “More importantly, it also reflects an unprecedented credit crunch that is dramatically impacting the entire U.S. economy – from the housing market to big and small companies to banks to family run businesses. The credit freeze has also had a very negative impact on consumers’ confidence and their purchase behavior across America.” Oy. Anyway, in the search for good news, GM points to the new fleet queen Malibu, sales of which are up 129 percent, and the truck sales, which are… at 45k. But then GM really reaches, with hybrid numbers that are, frankly, embarrassing…

“GM hybrids continue to build sales momentum and the company has broken through the 10-thousand vehicle sales mark. A total of 1,496 hybrid vehicles were delivered in the month. Hybrid sales included: 372 hybrid Chevrolet Tahoe, 193 GMC Yukon and 230 Cadillac Escalade 2-mode SUVs delivered. There were 325 Chevrolet Malibu, 22 Saturn Aura and 354 Vue hybrids sold in October. GM has sold 10,549 hybrids so far in 2008.”

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  • Stein X Leikanger Stein X Leikanger on Nov 04, 2008

    GM over the past ten years has been an epic study in value destruction - and every single step of the fray the blame was always due to "circumstances being out of control," to which GM management were the hapless victims ... I was somewhat involved, many years ago. Just being exposed to how GM was "thinking" froze your brain, and left you with the conclusion that this was going to blow up big one day. That day is here.

  • DweezilSFV DweezilSFV on Nov 04, 2008

    Waggy will probably see GM through to the end. Then enter politics. He's made for it. Running the govt. after running GM should be a piece of cake. Think they use the same steering wheel on the Federal Ship Of Fools that they do on the SS GM ?

  • Probert There's something wrong with that chart. The 9 month numbers for Tesla, in the chart, are closer to Tesla's Q3 numbers. They delivered 343,830 cars in q3 and YoY it is a 40% increase. They sold 363,830 but deliveries were slowed at the end of the quarter - no cars in inventory. For the past 9 months the total sold is 929,910 . So very good performance considering a major shutdown for about a month in China (Covid, factory revamp). Not sure if the chart is also inaccurate for other makers.
  • ToolGuy "...overall length grew only fractionally, from 187.6” in 1994 to 198.7” in 1995."Something very wrong with that sentence. I believe you just overstated the length by 11 inches.
  • ToolGuy There is no level of markup on the Jeep Wrangler which would not be justified or would make it any less desirable [perfectly inelastic demand, i.e., 'I want one']. Source: My 21-year-old daughter.
  • ToolGuy Strong performance from Fiat.
  • Inside Looking Out GM is like America, it does the right thing only after trying everything else.  As General Motors goes, so goes America.