GM's July Sales Rise 8 Percent, Driven by Cruze

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

DETROIT (AP) - General Motors says its U.S. sales rose nearly 8
percent last month, led by fuel-efficient vehicles such as the
Chevrolet Cruze car.

But GM's increase may not be the norm. Analysts predict that
sales of new cars and light trucks in the U.S. rose slightly from a
year earlier as few deals and economic worries kept car shoppers

Vice President of Sales Don Johnson says unemployment, low
consumer confidence and uncertainty over the federal debt ceiling
scared some buyers off.

GM sold 214,915 vehicles in July, including nearly 25,000
Cruzes. That could make it America's top-selling car for the second
straight month.

Sales of the Chevrolet Equinox and GMC Terrain small crossovers
rose 80 percent.

GM is among the first companies to report U.S. sales Tuesday.

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