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GM Sales Up 7% in United States for February


By: Nick Saporito





General Motors announced sales increased 7.2-percent last month in the United States. All four of the company’s core brands saw overall and retail sales increases compared to last year, driven by sales of the company’s crossovers.

The Buick brand saw another month of strong gains, the tenth consecutive month the brand has seen year of year sales increase. In February Buick’s gains were driven by Enclave’s best-ever February, high Verano sales and the ramp-up of the all-new Encore.

Cadillac also saw substantial gains last month, with the brand’s retail sales up 12.5-percent. Cadillac’s gains were driven primarily by a continued increase in ATS sales and a slight uptick in XTS sales.

Chevrolet sales increased 4.9-percent overall, with a modest 4.1-percent increase in strictly retail sales. Their increase appears to have been driven by full-size trucks (likely due to big sales as part of the brand’s “Truck Month” promotion last month) and upticks in the Equinox, Cruze and Spark. In fact, the Spark had its best-ever month, selling over 2,800 units.

GMC sales were up 9.8-percent overall, with an impressive 13.5-percent increase in retail sales. GMC’s gains were propelled by strong sales of the all-new 2013 Acadia and Terrain crossovers.

YTD GM Sales:

. Enclave 4,895 5,241 10,136
. Encore 353 1,597 1,950
. LaCrosse 3,548 3,667 7,215
. Lucerne 2 0 2
. Regal 1,005 1,474 2,479
. Verano 3,660 4,171 7,831
. Buick Total 13,463 16,150 29,613
. ATS 2,781 3,382 6,163
. CTS 2,505 2,566 5,071
. DTS 3 0 3
. Escalade 857 846 1,703
. Escalade ESV 518 582 1,100
. Escalade EXT 172 191 363
. SRX 4,380 4,108 8,488
. STS 0 1 1
. XTS 1,900 2,169 4,069
. Cadillac Total 13,116 13,845 26,961
. Avalanche 1,939 2,263 4,202
. Aveo 0 0 0
. Camaro 4,925 6,171 11,096
. Caprice 237 201 438
. Captiva Sport 3,936 3,867 7,803
. Cobalt 0 0 0
. Colorado 822 828 1,650
. Corvette 908 980 1,888
. Cruze 14,524 17,947 32,471
. Equinox 17,223 20,649 37,872
. Express 3,962 5,504 9,466
. HHR 1 1 2
. Impala 14,153 15,424 29,577
. Malibu 15,823 14,817 30,640
. Silverado-C/K Pickup 35,445 41,643 77,088
. Sonic 7,177 6,025 13,202
. Spark 2,408 2,836 5,244
. Suburban (Chevy) 2,292 3,745 6,037
. Tahoe 3,619 5,316 8,935
. Traverse 6,770 8,698 15,468
. Volt 1,140 1,626 2,766
. Chevrolet Total 137,304 158,541 295,845
. Acadia 5,188 6,628 11,816
. Canyon 302 180 482
. Savana 1,044 886 1,930
. Sierra 12,846 14,133 26,979
. Terrain 8,550 9,802 18,352
. Yukon 1,690 2,572 4,262
. Yukon XL 1,196 1,577 2,773
. GMC Total 30,816 35,778 66,594
. GM Vehicle Total 194,699 224,314 419,013

2014 Kia Cadenza Will Be Available Second Quarter 2013

Kia Cadenza Hyundai Azera Will Be Available At VanDevere In Akron Ohio


By Steven J. Ewing

2014 Cadenza is Kia’s take on the Hyundai Azera

No, this is not the oh-so pleasantly named Quoris rear-wheel-drive flagship sedan – this is Kia’s new front-drive entry into the North American market, the Cadenza. (If that sounds familiar, it’s because Kia has long used the Cadenza name in other markets.) And while it’s a sharp-looking thing, it’s not exactly an original masterpiece. Peel away that slick exterior and you’ll find a trusty Hyundai Azera doing the grunt work.

That’s no bad thing, though; the Azera’s a smooth-sailing sedan. Under the hood is a 3.3-liter direct-injection V6 putting out 293 horsepower and 255 pound-feet of torque, mated to a six-speed automatic transmission with, oh yes, Sportmatic manual mode. That power hits the ground via a sport-tuned suspension with MacPherson struts up front and a multi-link rear configuration, matched with either 18- or 19-inch alloy wheels.

Inside, there’s a whole host of nice leather surrounded by wood and chrome accents, with a driver-focused cockpit (sort of like the Optima) with a seven-inch TFT color touchscreen display. Premium options include things like Nappa leather seats, a panoramic sunroof, Kia’s UVO infotainment system, HID headlamps with active lighting, heated seats and a heated steering wheel. Sounds comfy.

Kia will officially launch the Cadenza in the second quarter of 2013, with pricing to be announced closer to the on-sale date. Scroll down for the official press blast.

Have You Seen The New 2013 Chevy SS Nascar?

2013 Chevy Chevrolet Nascar SS
2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS unveiled
By Melissa Burden    The Detroit News
From The Detroit News   http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20121129/AUTO0103/211290453


Chevrolet on Thursday in Las Vegas revealed its 2013 NASCAR Chevrolet SS — a race car that closely will mirror the limited-edition 2014 Chevrolet SS that will hit U.S. showrooms late next year.

The rear-wheel drive SS, powered by a V-8 engine, is Chevy’s new entry in the NASCAR Spring Cup Series beginning in February at SpeedWeeks in Daytona, Fla. It replaces the Impala as the company’s race car for NASCAR’s Sprint Cup. The Impala had 152 wins from 1959-64 and 2007-12.

“With the SS, Chevrolet is delivering a true rear-wheel-drive NASCAR race car that is very closely linked to the performance sedan that will be available for sale, ensuring that our most loyal enthusiasts will have the opportunity to experience the same thrill every day on the open road that our race car drivers enjoy on the track on race day,” Mark Reuss, General Motors North America president, said in a statement.

Chevy has used the SS or Super Sport badge on select high-performance models for decades. It first appeared in 1957 on a prototype Corvette racer and was first available on a production car with the 1961 Impala.

The 2014 Chevy SS will be available in limited quantities in the U.S. beginning late next year. The automaker, which said in May it would bring a new Chevy SS sedan to the U.S., expects the new vehicle to help bolster its position with performance cars including the Camaro and Corvette. It marks the first time in 17 years that Chevy has offered U.S. buyers a V-8 rear-wheel drive. The last offering was the Caprice, which went away in 1996.

GM says the SS will be based on global rear-wheel platforms of vehicles such as the Camaro and next-generation Holden VF Commodore, produced by GM in Australia.

Analysts don’t expect the production SS will be a big-volume seller for Chevy, and it won’t take sales away from the Camaro. It’ll likely compete against vehicles such as the Dodge Charger SRT8.

Ford Motor Co. has said it will race a 2013 Ford Fusion, modeled after the 2013 Fusion, in the NASCAR Sprint Cup, while Chrysler Group LLC’s Dodge and SRT Motorsports will race a 2013 Dodge Charger.