Published on April 7th, 2011 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Ford outsells GM in North America in March, with gap of 5,674 units
For only the second time since 1998, Ford Motor Co. has sold more vehicles than General Motors in the U.S. In March 2011, Ford sold 212,295 light vehicles. On the other hand, GM sold 5,674 fewer units. Ford’s sales were helped by a 21% increase in truck sales amid increasing petrol prices. The last time that Ford outsold GM was in February 2010, but there was only a gap of 471 vehicles. In July 1998, Ford outsold GM by 83,883 units. But when it comes to year-to-date sales, GM still did better than Ford by over 97,000 units. On an annual basis, GM has been at the top since 1931.
GM was able to post a 10% increase in March sales, with the aid of new models like the Chevrolet Cruze as well as the robust demand for fuel efficient cars and crossovers. Its car sales increased by 15%, while crossover demand rose 30% and big pickup sales climbed 11%. This is the 7th straight monthly sales gain for GM but trailed the increases recorded in January and February as the automaker cut discounts.