General Motors says its US crossover deliveries totalled 1,034,808 in 2018, up 7 percent versus 2017. GM’s data confirms the continuing shift in US passenger vehicle demand towards SUVs and crossovers.
The company also said that five models had record calendar year sales:
- GMC Terrain up 34 percent
- Chevrolet Traverse up 19 percent
- Chevrolet Equinox up 15 percent
- Chevrolet Trax up 13 percent
- Buick Encore up 6 percent
The company said the first-ever Cadillac XT4 became the best-selling vehicle in its segment just two months after launch.
Total sales of all GM utility vehicles, including large SUVs, totalled 1,295,700, up 7 percent. The Chevrolet Tahoe and Suburban were up 5 percent and 7 percent, respectively, and the Cadillac Escalade ended the year with a retail segment share twice that of its closest domestic competitor.
Overall, General Motors delivered 2,954,037 vehicles in the US in 2018, including almost 974,000 pickup trucks and more than 280,000 large SUVs.
“We have built the most successful pickup, SUV and crossover business in the industry and we gained considerable momentum in the fourth quarter of 2018 as dealers began delivering the all-new Chevrolet Silverado, GMC Sierra and Cadillac XT4,” said Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president, Sales Operations.
“We feel confident heading into 2019 because we have more major truck and crossover launches coming during the year and the US economy is strong,” McNeil added.
“We are very bullish on pickups heading into 2019,” McNeil said. “The light-duty launch has been one of the best in our history, with a very smooth production ramp-up of the new models and a faster than expected sell-down of the old models. We are following that up with all-new HD trucks, and the first-ever Chevrolet Silverado medium-duty chassis cab trucks for commercial customers.”