General Motors Oct. US sales fall as auto boom slows; mixed numbers for Lansing-made models

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DETROIT (AP/WLNS) – General Motors says its U.S. sales fell 1.7 percent last month as all brands but Buick reported declines.

The Detroit automaker says it sold nearly 259,000 cars and trucks in October and increased retail sales to individual buyers by 3 percent.

GM has been shunning low-profit sales to rental car companies in favor of more lucrative retail sales.

But the overall monthly decline is a sign that U.S. auto sales have peaked and may be falling slightly after last year’s record of 17.5 million.

Locally made vehicles saw a mixed sales report.

The Cadillac ATS had sales fall 37 percent year-to-year, the Cadillac CTS fell off 34 percent while the Camaro jumped 18 percent. Those three models are built at the Lansing Grand River plant.

The Buick Enclave sales dipped 14 percent while the GMC Acadia climbed 23 percent and the Chevy Traverse rose 20 percent. The Delta Township plant is home to those model lines.

GM reported that it’s getting strong prices for its vehicles. Its average sales price of $43,988 was a record for October.

Sales of GM’s top-selling Chevrolet Silverado pickup fell nearly 4 percent, but Chevy Tahoe SUV sales rose 81 percent.

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