September was a mixed bag for auto companies, with General Motors and Ford Motor Co. beating expectations for car sales for the month, while Fiat Chrysler LLC fell short.
The Detroit News reported that General Motors said that it sold 279,397 cars in September, which was a 12% increase over its 2016 totals for September. Kelley Blue Book had estimated GM would sell about 269,000 cars last month.
The company said the uptick for September was driven by a 17% increase at Chevrolet and a 9% increase at GMC.
“Our new crossovers from Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac have been very well-received, and Chevrolet had an outstanding month with the Silverado and Colorado,” Kurt McNeil, U.S. vice president of sales operations, said in a statement. “We are entering the fourth quarter with strong momentum, great products and a healthy economy.”
GM said 2017 was its best September for Chevrolet models since 2004. The company said sales of Chevrolet’s newest crossovers, the Equinox and Traverse, were up 69% and 104% respectively over last year. GM also reported the GMC Terrain was up 66% for its best September ever, while the Cadillac XT5 was up 36%.