Wed. 6:29: Cruze sales down, but GM still raving

LORDSTOWN – Chevrolet Cruze sales in August dipped 8 percent from this time last year but still hit nearly 24,000 units as General Motors third-best-selling vehicle behind only GM’s Silverado pickup truck and Chevy Equinox sport utility vehicle.

GM officials were quick to point out that Cruze sales remain strong with a year-to-date increase of 18 percent and a jump of 37 percent over the last three months.

Don Johnson, Chevrolet vice president of U.S. sales and service, noted inventory of the car has dipped to about a 35-day supply, much lower than the usual supply of 50 to 60 days that the manufacturer would prefer. A two-week shutdown at the Lordstown GM plant initially planned for August was canceled in order to keep the supply rolling.

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