General Motors says its U.S. sales rose 10 percent in June as lower gas prices brought more customers into its showrooms.
The Detroit car company says it sold 215,000 cars and trucks
Sales were led by smaller, more fuel-efficient models, but GM
says cheaper gas also lured more truck buyers. Chevrolet Silverado
sales rose 5 percent and GMC Sierra sales rose 8 percent compared with a year earlier.
The new Chevrolet Cruze compact led GM's sales gain. Cruze sales
were more than double those of the old Chevrolet Cobalt. GM's
small-car sales were helped by earthquake-related shortages of
GM is one of the first car companies to report U.S. sales on
Friday. Industry analysts expect overall U.S. sales to rise 13.5
percent from last June.