11:30 am Tuesday: Cruze sales hit all-time high

Chevy Cruze hit an all-time sales record last month, with 32,871 American new car buyers taking delivery of the Lordstown-built small car, an increase of a whopping 73 percent over June 2012.

Year-to-date, 133,689 Cruzes have been sold nationwide, up 17 percent over last year’s sales of 113,884 January to June.

During the monthly corporate sales call this morning, Kurt McNeil, vice president for General Motors U.S. Sales Operations, described the car as having “tremendous staying power.”

And it’s not just domestically. More than 2 million units of the hot-selling Cruze have now been sold globally, said Alan Batey, GM’s senior vice president of global Chevrolet.

Overall, General Motors reported June sales of 264,843 vehicles in the U.S., up 6 percent compared with a year ago. Deliveries to retail customers increased 14 percent while fleet sales declined 9 percent due to the timing of customer deliveries.