With more than 22,000 buyers taking delivery last month, the Lordstown-built Chevy Cruze saw sales jump 21 percent over April 2012.
Like its Detroit counterparts, General Motors on Wednesday reported double-digit U.S. sales increases for last month, signaling the best April for car and truck sales in six years.
Chevrolet showed an 11 percent increase in April and a 6.4 percent increase so far this year when compared to the first four months of 2012.
GM also continued inching upward in market share, hitting about 18 percent for April, which is about 0.4 percent higher than a year ago, GM's vice president of U.S. sales operations Kurt McNeil said during the company's monthly sales conference call.
A rebound in pickup truck sales led the way for all the Detroit automakers as small businesses are replacing aging trucks that they have kept since the Great Recession. Still, even with gas prices on the decline nationwide, GM's small and compact car division, which includes the Chevy Cruze, was not to be outdone, producing a combined increase of 31 percent over last year.
GM saw an overall 11 percent sales jump, with Chevrolet Silverado pickup sales rising 28 percent for the month. Ford's sales increased 18 percent, with the F-Series pickup gaining 24 percent. At Chrysler, sales rose 11 percent, led by the Ram pickup, with a 49 percent sales increase.
In foreign models, Nissan reported a 23 percent sales gain over April 2012. Honda sales rose 7 percent, led by the CR-V small crossover SUV, while Hyundai sales were up 2 percent on strong sales of the Elantra compact. The only laggards were Toyota, with a sales decline of 1 percent, and Volkswagen, with a drop of 10 percent.
Americans continue to buy new cars and trucks even though unemployment remains high and economic signals of late have been mixed. All automakers report monthly sales Wednesday, and industry analysts expect an overall increase of around 10 percent over April of last year. That would make it the best April since 2007.
General Motors Co. reported sales of 237,646 cars and trucks.
Chrysler Group LLC said it sold 156,698 cars and trucks last month. Sales of the Jeep Grand Cherokee SUV increased 27 percent. Dodge brand sales rose 18 percent.