Detroit, Michigan – General Motors has marked its first sales increase in 21 months in the U.S., with October sales rising four per cent over October 2008, its first year-over-year gain since January 2008.

The company sold 177,603 vehicles in October 2009, an increase of 13 per cent over September 2009. The four core brands — Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac — accounted for about 95 per cent of GM’s retail sales, an increase of 10 percentage points compared to the prior year.

“We’re very pleased with consumer acceptance to our newest cars, crossovers and trucks,” said Susan Docherty, GM vice-president of U.S. sales. “While we have more work to do, we are making progress and will continue our focus on delivering vehicles and a sales and service experience that brings consumers to Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac, and keeps them coming back.”

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