Cheap gas is helping boost SUV and truck sales in the U.S. But it was a diminutive Buick Encore, a crossover for city commuting, that fueled General Motors’ October sales.
GM sales increased up 1.8 percent in October, to 226,819. It may not seem like much of a jump but it was enough to make it the best October since 2007.
GM’s Buick division was the big achiever, up 6.5 percent. Sales of the Encore soared 32.7 percent, making it the brand’s best-seller for the month.
The large, three-row Enclave crossover SUV nudged up 1.8 percent. Enclave is Buick’s best-seller so far this year.
Chevrolet was up just 0.5 percent overall, despite the hefty 51 percent gain by the Cruze small sedan and a 10.1 percent increase recorded by the Silverado full-size pickup.
The Chevy Traverse full-size crossover SUV surged 24 percent, even though it’s not a big seller.
Meanwhile, Chrysler Group continued its strong monthly sales increases of late, reporting an October increase of 21.7 percent over the year-ago month, largely fueled by Jeep Cherokee and Ram pickup.
Ram full-size pickup kept its role as the company’s best-seller, reporting a 33.5 percent increase in sales. The Jeep brand soared 51.7 percent.