Each manufacturer began delivery of their high-profile electric-drive vehicles during the month, with sales expected to ramp during the coming year.
Overall, GM reported 223,932 total sales in December, a 15.5% increase by volume from a year ago for the company’s four brands. Retail sales were 27% higher than a strong December a year ago. For the calendar year, total sales for GM’s four brands increased 21.3% by volume to 2,202,927, while retail sales rose 16% for the year. GM’s four brands sold 118,435 more vehicles in 2010 than the company did with eight brands in 2009, and will gain total and retail market share for the year.
Nissan North America, Inc. (NNA) reported record December US sales of 93,730 units versus 73,404 units a year earlier, an increase of 27.7%. For 2010, NNA full-year sales finished up 18%, at 908,570 units.