June 2009 Saturn Sales Down 60%

Saturn stores delivered 7,520 vehicles in June, down 60.2% from the same time last year when sales consultants sold 18,912 cars and crossovers. Year-to-date sales are down 58.1% to 42,776 units. The Outlook was the only model in Saturn's lineup to record a sales increase last month.

Here's a breakdown of Saturn's June 2009 sales.

  • Saturn sold 1,734 Outlooks, up 6.7% from June of last year. YTD Outlook sales are down 36.9% to 8,237 units.
  • 3,023 Vue sport-utilities were sold, down 65.9% from the same time last year when retailers sold 8,868. YTD sales (17,985) are 60.7% lower than during the first six months of 2008.
  • Astra sales were down 33% to 595 units. However, YTD sales are relatively flat, down only 3.6% to 4,210 hatchbacks.
  • Customers purchased 1,717 Aura midsize sedans, 70.9% fewer than in June 2008. YTD Aura sales are down 67.6% to 10,661 units.
  • Sky sales fell 72.5% to 435 units. YTD sales are down 70.6% to 1,659 roadsters.
  • Incidently, retailers sold 7 new Relay minivans and 9 new compact Ions in June.

Overall, General Motors dealers in the United States delivered 176,571 total vehicles in June, down 33.6% compared with a year ago. However, when comparing GM's June retail sales with May, volume was up 10%, or more than 13,000 cars, crossovers and trucks resulting in the fourth consecutive month-over-month retail sales increase. "We're pleased with our retail performance for the month, and it shows consumers' strong attraction to our products – such as the Camaro, Aveo, Traverse, LaCrosse, Lucerne, CTS, DTS and STS – which all saw retail sales gains compared with May," said Mark LaNeve, vice president, GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing."

Although GM retail sales were up in June, fleet sales of 32,725 vehicles were down 49% compared to a year ago, contributing to an overall sales decline of 89,366 vehicles versus June 2008. This drop in fleet sales was a direct result of a strategic decision GM made to schedule down weeks at a number of its plants to tightly control inventories and better enable GM dealers to reduce their stock of vehicles.

"Our outstanding products continue to compete strongly in the market," LaNeve said. "Camaro is the hottest product in America and probably led the sport segment with more than 9,300 vehicles delivered in June without any incentives. Additionally, we are offering the best selection of crossovers with Traverse, Acadia, Outlook and Enclave and we just announced very affordable pricing on the all-new GMC Terrain crossover. We invite consumers to visit dealer showrooms to shop and compare for themselves. We are confident they will be pleasantly surprised by the compelling designs, segment-leading fuel economy and outstanding value that our new cars, trucks and crossovers have to offer."

A total of 1,454 GM hybrid vehicles were delivered in the month, illustrating the wide range of hybrid product offerings available. GM offers the Chevrolet Malibu, Tahoe and Silverado, GMC Yukon and Sierra, Cadillac Escalade, Saturn Aura and Vue hybrids. So far, in 2009, GM has delivered 8,349 hybrid vehicles.

GM total truck sales in June (including crossovers) of 93,458 were down 40%, and car sales of 83,113 were off 24% compared with a year ago.

Source: General Motors

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