GM Reports December 2005 and Year Results

Chevrolet Reclaims Industry Sales Leadership for First Time Since 1986
GM Posts Best Full-Size Pickup Sales in Industry Since 1978
GM Continues Luxury Brand Sales Momentum
HUMMER Caps Record Year with Best-Ever Monthly Sales; Fastest-Growing Brand in U.S.
Saturn Calendar Year Sales Improvement Led by New Vue

DETROIT - GM in 2005 posted several significant records that point to strong consumer acceptance of its new products. Chevrolet, led by strong full-size pickup and launch vehicle sales, was the best-selling vehicle brand in the United States for the first time since 1986. HUMMER had a record sales year and was the industry's fastest-growing brand. Saturn ended the year with improved sales (up 1 percent), setting the stage for 2006, when it will double its product lineup with three all-new vehicles.

General Motors dealers in the United States sold 392,041 new cars and trucks in December, down 10 percent from the same month a year ago. Car sales were down 19 percent and truck sales were off 5 percent. Total sales were up 29 percent compared to November levels. Calendar year sales (4,517,730) were down 4 percent, with car sales off 7 percent and truck deliveries down 2 percent.

"We're thrilled that consumers voted with their pocketbook and made Chevrolet the number one U.S. brand in 2005," said Mark LaNeve, vice president, GM North America Vehicle Sales, Service and Marketing. "But we're not going to spend time celebrating this accomplishment. We're headed right back to the important business of introducing 19 new vehicles this year and providing buyers with an industry-leading sales and service experience."

Chevrolet's results were paced by full-size pickup sales and the introduction of the new Impala, Equinox, HHR and Cobalt. Over the last five years, driven by consumer response to its revamped product lineup, Chevrolet closed an 850,000-unit sales gap with the competition, a notable accomplishment given the increasingly competitive nature of the U.S. auto industry. Chevrolet's continuing strong truck sales and the introduction of important entry-level vehicles were key to this achievement. Chevrolet's new entry-level vehicles, the Equinox, HHR, Cobalt and Aveo, increased sales by more than 100,000 units in 2005.

GM posted exceptionally strong full-size pickup sales in December and ended the year with 998,654 deliveries, less than 1,500 units below the 1 million-unit sales benchmark. This was the industry's second-best-ever annual sales performance for full-size pickups, falling just short of the previous GM record set in 1978 (1,010,688).

In 2005, GM once again experienced a sales increase for all of its luxury brands. Sales of GM luxury vehicles grew by more than 100,000 units between 2000 and 2005. Cadillac in 2005 had its fourth consecutive year of sales increases and its best sales performance since 1990, led by record CTS, DTS and STS sales. Saab achieved a year-over-year sales improvement in 2005. HUMMER capped record 2005 sales with its best-ever monthly sales and the distinction of being the fastest growing brand in the industry. Positive consumer reaction to the new H3 drove HUMMER's December sales up 112 percent. Calendar-year deliveries were 93 percent greater than last year.

Saturn sales for December were up 13 percent and calendar year deliveries rose 1 percent. The new Vue led this improvement, with sales gains in seven months in 2005. Vue's December sales were up 35 percent and calendar year sales rose 6 percent. Consumers in 2006 will have more choices in the Saturn portfolio, when it doubles its product lineup and introduces three all-new products, the Aura, Sky and Outlook, each featuring Saturn's dynamic and inviting design.

"While December was a difficult comparison for us and other manufacturers, by any measure it still was a solid sales month," LaNeve added. "We're particularly pleased with the recovery in our sport utility and full-size pickup business. It gives us renewed confidence as we prepare to launch new vehicles into these key segments in 2006."

Certified Used Vehicles

Total 2005 sales for GM Certified Used Vehicles, the industry's top-selling manufacturer-certified brand, were a category record 455,498 units, up 1.3 percent from 2004. This marks the fourth consecutive year that GM Certified Used Vehicles set an all-time annual sales record for the segment. GM Certified Used Vehicles posted sales of 38,850 units in December, down 3.6 percent from record monthly results posted in December 2004. Chevrolet continues to be the industry's top-selling single-make certified brand with total 2005 sales of 292,301 units.

December 2005 sales for all certified GM brands, including GM Certified Used Vehicles, Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, Used Cars from Saturn and Saab Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles, were 44,372 units, down 6 percent from last December. Cadillac Certified total 2005 sales were 38,595, up 5.5 percent over 2004. Total 2005 certified GM sales were 532,379 units, comparable to last year's total.

Cadillac Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles posted December sales of 3,332 units, down 8 percent. Used Cars from Saturn sold 1,632 units in December, down 39 percent, while Saab Certified Pre-Owned Vehicles sold 558 units, down 10 percent.

"GM Certified Used Vehicles, the industry's top selling certified brand, set a new annual sales record for the manufacturer-certified pre-owned segment for the fourth consecutive year, up more than 1 percent from last year's all-time high for the category," LaNeve said. "Certified GM brands again led all manufacturers with 2005 sales of 532,379 units, and we look forward to growing our leadership position in the certified segment in 2006."

GM North America Reports December and Fourth Quarter 2005 Production, 2006 First-Quarter Production Forecast Remains Unchanged

In December, GM North America produced 361,000 vehicles (140,000 cars and 221,000 trucks). This is down 39,000 units from December 2004, when the region produced 400,000 vehicles (148,000 cars and 252,000 trucks). Production totals include joint venture production of 24,000 vehicles in December 2005 and 20,000 vehicles in December 2004.

GM North America produced 1.281 million vehicles (483,000 cars and 798,000 trucks) in the fourth quarter of 2005. This is up 3,700 units over fourth quarter 2004 production. In the fourth quarter of 2004, the region produced 1.277 million vehicles (466,000 cars and 811,000 trucks). Additionally, the region's 2006 first-quarter production forecast remains unchanged at 1.25 million vehicles (505,000 cars and 745,000 trucks). In the first quarter of 2005, the region produced 1.183 million vehicles (470,000 cars and 713,000 trucks).

GM also announced revised 2005 fourth-quarter and 2006 first-quarter production forecasts for its international regions.

GM Europe - GM Europe's 2005 fourth-quarter production forecast remains unchanged at 443,000 vehicles. In the fourth quarter of 2004, GM Europe built 442,000 vehicles. GM Europe's revised 2006 first-quarter production estimate is 497,000 vehicles, down 28,000 units from last month's guidance. In the first quarter of 2005, the region built 502,000 vehicles.

GM Asia Pacific - GM Asia Pacific's revised 2005 fourth-quarter production forecast is 482,000 vehicles, up 35,000 units from last month's guidance. In the fourth quarter of 2004, the region built 386,000 vehicles. GM Asia Pacific's revised 2006 first-quarter production estimate is 411,000 vehicles, down 26,000 units from last month's guidance. In the first quarter of 2005, the region built 335,000 vehicles.

GM Latin America, Africa and the Middle East - The region's revised 2005 fourth-quarter production estimate is 189,000 vehicles, down 1,000 units from last month's guidance. In the fourth quarter of 2004, the region built 200,000 vehicles. The region's revised 2006 first-quarter production estimate is 201,000 vehicles, up 4,000 units from last month's guidance. In the first quarter of 2005, the region built 184,000 vehicles.

General Motors Corp. , the world's largest automaker, has been the global industry sales leader since 1931. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 325,000 people around the world. It has manufacturing operations in 32 countries and its vehicles are sold in 200 countries. GM's global headquarters are at the GM Renaissance Center in Detroit. More information on GM can be found at www.gm.com.

Note: GM sales and production results are available on GM Media OnLine at http://media.gm.com by clicking on News, then Sales/Production. In this press release and related comments by General Motors management, our use of the words "expect," "anticipate," "estimate," "forecast," "objective," "plan," "goal" and similar expressions is intended to identify forward looking statements. While these statements represent our current judgment on what the future may hold, and we believe these judgments are reasonable, actual results may differ materially due to numerous important factors that are described in GM's most recent report on SEC Form 10-K (at page II-20) which may be revised or supplemented in subsequent reports on SEC Forms 10-Q and 8-K. Such factors include, among others, the following: changes in economic conditions, currency exchange rates or political stability; shortages of fuel, labor strikes or work stoppages; market acceptance of the corporation's new products; significant changes in the competitive environment; changes in laws, regulations and tax rates; and, the ability of the corporation to achieve reductions in cost and employment levels to realize production efficiencies and implement capital expenditures at levels and times planned by management.

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December

Calendar Year-to-Date
January - December

Curr S/D: 27
Prev S/D: 27

2005

2004

% Chg
per S/D

2005

2004

%Chg

Vehicle Total

392,041

437,161

-10.3

4,517,730

4,707,416

-4.0

Car Total

131,687

163,294

-19.4

1,751,921

1,885,199

-7.1

Truck Total

260,354

273,867

-4.9

2,765,809

2,822,217

-2.0

Light Truck Total

252,933

265,430

-4.7

2,702,464

2,770,260

-2.4

Light Vehicle Total

384,620

428,724

-10.3

4,454,385

4,655,459

-4.3

Market Division
Vehicle Total

Buick

22,002

26,241

-16.2

282,288

309,639

-8.8

Cadillac

22,946

27,324

-16.0

235,002

234,217

0.3

Chevrolet

231,628

262,633

-11.8

2,669,932

2,763,238

-3.4

GMC

50,688

61,192

-17.2

566,322

602,064

-5.9

HUMMER

8,079

3,814

111.8

56,727

29,345

93.3

Oldsmobile

67

553

-87.9

1,866

28,851

-93.5

Other - Isuzu

2,432

2,744

-11.4

15,787

15,707

0.5

Pontiac

36,288

35,843

1.2

437,806

474,179

-7.7

Saab

2,766

3,421

-19.1

38,343

38,159

0.5

Saturn

15,145

13,396

13.1

213,657

212,017

0.8

Sales of Domestically Produced Vehicles

Car

125,207

150,054

-16.6

1,636,175

1,776,829

-7.9

Light Truck

252,933

265,430

-4.7

2,702,464

2,770,260

-2.4

Twenty-seven selling days for the December period this year and twenty-seven for last year.

* American Isuzu Motors, Inc., dealer sales of commercial vehicles distributed by General Motors Corporation as reported to General Motors by American Isuzu Motors, Inc.

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GM Car Deliveries - (United States)
December 2005

 

December

Calendar Year-to-Date
January - December

2005

2004

%Chg
per S/D

2005

2004

%Chg

Selling Days (S/D)

27

27

       

Century

48

1,780

-97.3

6,504

67,264

-90.3

LaCrosse

6,790

6,663

1.9

92,669

10,995

742.8

LeSabre

1,036

8,385

-87.6

75,369

114,157

-34.0

Lucerne

5,812

0

***.*

8,821

0

***.*

Park Avenue

17

710

-97.6

2,175

17,138

-87.3

Regal

9

304

-97.0

602

13,775

-95.6

Buick Total

13,712

17,842

-23.1

186,140

223,329

-16.7

CTS

7,553

6,258

20.7

61,512

57,211

7.5

DeVille

264

6,456

-95.9

38,661

68,195

-43.3

DTS

5,261

0

***.*

23,322

0

***.*

Eldorado

0

0

***.*

0

7

***.*

Seville

2

69

-97.1

137

3,386

-96.0

STS

3,199

3,171

0.9

33,497

9,484

253.2

XLR

264

342

-22.8

3,730

3,665

1.8

Cadillac Total

16,543

16,296

1.5

160,859

141,948

13.3

Aveo

3,379

6,867

-50.8

68,085

56,642

20.2

Camaro

0

0

***.*

0

127

***.*

Cavalier

94

8,754

-98.9

18,960

195,275

-90.3

Classic

1

6,636

***.*

42,358

88,211

-52.0

Cobalt

16,828

4,507

273.4

212,667

4,959

***.*

Corvette

3,271

2,897

12.9

32,489

35,276

-7.9

Impala

22,186

28,380

-21.8

246,481

290,259

-15.1

Malibu

14,198

22,154

-35.9

203,503

179,806

13.2

Monte Carlo

2,573

5,101

-49.6

33,562

57,679

-41.8

Prizm

0

0

***.*

0

5

***.*

SSR

574

1,110

-48.3

8,107

9,648

-16.0

Chevrolet Total

63,104

86,406

-27.0

866,212

917,887

-5.6

Alero

49

415

-88.2

1,382

20,156

-93.1

Aurora

0

7

***.*

18

206

-91.3

Intrigue

0

0

***.*

0

55

***.*

Oldsmobile Total

49

422

-88.4

1,400

20,417

-93.1

Bonneville

269

1,580

-83.0

10,037

29,852

-66.4

Firebird

0

0

***.*

0

109

***.*

G6

12,642

6,687

89.1

124,844

16,185

671.4

Grand Am

152

2,849

-94.7

31,613

133,707

-76.4

Grand Prix

7,712

10,505

-26.6

122,398

131,551

-7.0

GTO

801

2,952

-72.9

11,590

13,569

-14.6

Solstice

2,746

0

***.*

5,445

0

***.*

Sunfire

296

3,611

-91.8

25,114

36,095

-30.4

Vibe

4,611

4,119

11.9

64,271

58,894

9.1

Pontiac Total

29,229

32,303

-9.5

395,312

419,962

-5.9

9-2X

54

438

-87.7

5,940

1,788

232.2

9-3

1,952

2,495

-21.8

24,108

27,322

-11.8

9-5

294

488

-39.8

6,023

9,049

-33.4

Saab Total

2,300

3,421

-32.8

36,071

38,159

-5.5

ION

6,745

5,986

12.7

100,891

104,044

-3.0

Saturn L Series

5

618

-99.2

5,036

19,453

-74.1

Saturn S Series

0

0

***.*

0

0

***.*

Saturn Total

6,750

6,604

2.2

105,927

123,497

-14.2

GM Total

131,687

163,294

-19.4

1,751,921

1,885,199

-7.1

GM Car Deliveries by Production Source

GM North America *

125,207

150,054

-16.6

1,636,175

1,776,829

-7.9

GM Import

6,480

13,240

-51.1

115,746

108,370

6.8

GM Total

131,687

163,294

-19.4

1,751,921

1,885,199

-7.1

GM Car Deliveries by Production Source and Marketing Division

Buick Total

13,712

17,842

-23.1

186,140

223,329

-16.7

Cadillac Total

16,543

16,296

1.5

160,859

141,948

13.3

Chevrolet Total

59,725

79,539

-24.9

798,127

861,245

-7.3

Oldsmobile Total

49

422

-88.4

1,400

20,417

-93.1

Pontiac Total

28,428

29,351

-3.1

383,722

406,393

-5.6

Saturn Total

6,750

6,604

2.2

105,927

123,497

-14.2

GM North America Total*

125,207

150,054

-16.6

1,636,175

1,776,829

-7.9

Chevrolet Total

3,379

6,867

-50.8

68,085

56,642

20.2

Pontiac Total

801

2,952

-72.9

11,590

13,569

-14.6

Saab Total

2,300

3,421

-32.8

36,071

38,159

-5.5

GM Import Total

6,480

13,240

-51.1

115,746

108,370

6.8

GM Vehicle Deliveries by Marketing Division

Buick Total

22,002

26,241

-16.2

282,288

309,639

-8.8

Cadillac Total

22,946

27,324

-16.0

235,002

234,217

0.3

Chevrolet Total

231,628

262,633

-11.8

2,669,932

2,763,238

-3.4

GMC Total

50,688

61,192

-17.2

566,322

602,064

-5.9

HUMMER Total

8,079

3,814

111.8

56,727

29,345

93.3

Oldsmobile Total

67

553

-87.9

1,866

28,851

-93.5

Other-Isuzu Total

2,432

2,744

-11.4

15,787

15,707

0.5

Pontiac Total

36,288

35,843

1.2

437,806

474,179

-7.7

Saab Total

2,766

3,421

-19.1

38,343

38,159

0.5

Saturn Total

15,145

13,396

13.1

213,657

212,017

0.8

GM Total

392,041

437,161

-10.3

4,517,730

4,707,416

-4.0

* Includes US/Canada/Mexico

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GM Truck Deliveries - (United States)
December 2005

 

December

Calendar Year-to-Date
January - December

2005

2004

% Chg
per S/D

2005

2004

%Chg

Selling Days (S/D)

27

27

       

Rainier

1,114

2,586

-56.9

15,271

24,134

-36.7

Rendezvous

5,535

4,445

24.5

60,589

60,039

0.9

Terraza

1,641

1,368

20.0

20,288

2,137

849.4

Total Buick

8,290

8,399

-1.3

96,148

86,310

11.4

Escalade

2,595

4,569

-43.2

29,876

36,994

-19.2

Escalade ESV

1,179

1,905

-38.1

13,502

15,618

-13.5

Escalade EXT

557

979

-43.1

7,766

9,638

-19.4

SRX

2,072

3,575

-42.0

22,999

30,019

-23.4

Total Cadillac

6,403

11,028

-41.9

74,143

92,269

-19.6

Astro

255

3,461

-92.6

19,215

34,564

-44.4

C/K Suburban(Chevy)

7,966

12,470

-36.1

87,011

119,545

-27.2

Chevy C/T Series

46

28

64.3

280

355

-21.1

Chevy W Series

455

388

17.3

3,013

2,772

8.7

Colorado

8,828

12,726

-30.6

128,359

117,475

9.3

Equinox

9,867

12,274

-19.6

130,542

84,024

55.4

Express Cutaway/G Cut

2,096

2,440

-14.1

19,553

21,332

-8.3

Express Panel/G Van

9,707

8,758

10.8

88,522

74,538

18.8

Express/G Sportvan

1,383

1,583

-12.6

19,510

18,692

4.4

HHR

8,721

0

***.*

41,011

0

***.*

Kodiak 4/5 Series

1,337

1,278

4.6

11,074

9,323

18.8

Kodiak 6/7/8 Series

486

361

34.6

4,441

3,420

29.9

S/T Blazer

60

876

-93.2

4,936

32,950

-85.0

S/T Pickup

0

96

***.*

149

10,014

-98.5

Tahoe

14,906

16,838

-11.5

152,305

186,161

-18.2

Tracker

1

288

-99.7

474

14,898

-96.8

TrailBlazer

23,736

25,870

-8.2

244,150

283,484

-13.9

Uplander

4,967

2,441

103.5

72,980

3,948

***.*

Venture

78

1,680

-95.4

7,029

66,522

-89.4

Avalanche

4,859

6,592

-26.3

63,186

80,566

-21.6

Silverado-C/K Pickup

68,770

65,779

4.5

705,980

680,768

3.7

Chevrolet Fullsize Pickups

73,629

72,371

1.7

769,166

761,334

1.0

Chevrolet Total

168,524

176,227

-4.4

1,803,720

1,845,351

-2.3

Canyon

2,322

3,288

-29.4

34,845

27,193

28.1

Envoy

8,685

10,166

-14.6

107,862

134,897

-20.0

GMC C/T Series

29

27

7.4

212

384

-44.8

GMC W Series

840

786

6.9

6,395

5,666

12.9

Safari (GMC)

33

840

-96.1

3,436

8,345

-58.8

Savana Panel/G Classic

1,926

2,791

-31.0

21,106

21,103

0.0

Savana Special/G Cut

461

1,287

-64.2

11,458

18,131

-36.8

Savana/Rally

227

240

-5.4

2,201

2,468

-10.8

Sierra

21,331

23,415

-8.9

229,488

213,756

7.4

Sonoma

0

50

***.*

66

3,303

-98.0

Topkick 4/5 Series

1,031

869

18.6

14,397

6,441

123.5

Topkick 6/7/8 Series

765

1,956

-60.9

7,746

7,889

-1.8

Yukon

7,013

7,781

-9.9

73,458

86,571

-15.1

Yukon XL

6,025

7,696

-21.7

53,652

65,917

-18.6

GMC Total

50,688

61,192

-17.2

566,322

602,064

-5.9

HUMMER H1

35

57

-38.6

374

447

-16.3

HUMMER H2

2,109

3,757

-43.9

23,213

28,898

-19.7

HUMMER H3

5,935

0

***.*

33,140

0

***.*

HUMMER Total