Thu 10:55 am: GM posts best sales month of 2012

WARREN General Motors Co.’s U.S. dealers delivered the company’s highest December sales in five years, with deliveries up 5 percent year over year to 245,733 vehicles, the company announced this morning.

December was also GM’s best retail sales month of 2012.

“All four GM brands increased their sales year over year in December and we were strong across the board in cars, crossovers and pickup trucks,” said Kurt McNeil, vice president of U.S. sales operations. “We also achieved an important fuel economy milestone. In December, GM became the first U.S. automaker to sell more than 1 million vehicles in a single year that get an EPA estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway.”

Cruze sales were among December highlights released this morning. Sales of the Lordstown-built small car increased

by 27 percent in December over December 2011, helping GM’s combined mini, small and compact car sales increase 52 percent year over year.

Total GM passenger car sales increased 14 percent compared with a year ago. Crossover sales were up 2 percent and sales of trucks, which include pickups, vans and SUVs, were equal to a year ago. Compared with November, total car sales increased 18 percent, truck sales increased 52 percent and crossover sales increased 22 percent.