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GENERAL MOTORS REPORTS SALES

 GENERAL MOTORS REPORTS SALES
 DETROIT, Jan. 6 /PRNewswire/ -- General Motors dealers in the United


States today reported the following vehicle sales:
 Period Month Calendar Year(a)
 Dec. 21-31 Dec. 1-31 Jan. 1-Dec. 31
 1991 1990 1991 1990 1991 1990
 Total
 Vehicles 136,660 134,640 325,863 335,428 4,345,609 4,973,112
 Pct. Change
 Per S/D 1.5 - 2.9 -12.6
 Total Cars 82,047 92,883 206,729 223,437 2,909,460 3,308,983
 Pct. Change
 Per S/D -11.7 - 7.5 -12.1
 Total
 Trucks 54,613 41,757 119,134 111,991 1,436,149 1,664,129
 Pct. Change
 Per S/D 30.8 6.4 -13.7
 Period Month Calendar Year
 Division Dec. 21-31 Dec. 1-31 Jan. 1-Dec. 31
 Total Vehicles 1991 1990 1991 1990 1991 1990
 Chevrolet 73,627 58,168 169,747 167,707 2,238,351 2,623,570
 Pontia ? 13,218 13,821 37,993 41,413 513,494 666,265
 Oldsmobile 10,172 22,056 27,115 40,482 458,124 537,856
 Buick 17,625 17,602 38,359 36,953 544,325 536,667
 Cadillac 8,029 11,138 17,580 21,036 213,288 258,168
 GMC 10,959 11,361 27,126 26,597 303,534 348,705
 Saturn 3,030 494 7,943 1,240 74,493 1,881
 Domestic Sales
 Cars 78,653 90,167 197,346 215,672 2,783,692 3,141,157
 Lt. Duty
 Trucks 53,826 40,746 116,667 108,795 1,408,028 1,624,553
 NOTE: Eight selling days (S/D) in the Dec. 21-31 period this year and last year; 25 selling days for the Dec. 1-31 period this year and last year.
 (a) -- Year-to-year percent change is NOT adjusted for selling days.
 Comment by James B. Fitzpatrick, vice president of the General Motors Communications & Marketing Staff
 As widely forecast, U.S. auto industry sales in the 1991 calendar year ended at the lowest level since 1983, with total vehicle sales down more than 10 percent from 1990. Despite the industry's sales decline, GM maintained its position as the industry's sales leader of cars and trucks -- a position it has held for more than half a century. In addition to its overall industry leadership performance, GM finished the year on a positive note in December by outperforming industry sales results for combined cars and trucks.
 In looking back on the past year, GM car and truck divisions had several bright spots on which to reflect, and we are encouraged at our sales prospects for the coming year as we look toward a strengthening in the U.S. economy and a pick-up in the sales of GM's record number of all-new 1992 model cars and trucks.
 1991 Calendar Year Highlights
 -- Chevrolet maintained its leadership in new car sales for 1991, doubling its margin over its nearest competitor. Among its accomplishments during the year, Chevrolet's Caprice LTZ was named Motor Trend's 1991 "Car of the Year." The all-new 1992 full-size Chevy Blazer was launched during the calendar year and is picking up awards such as 4-Wheeler magazine's "4-Wheeler of the Year" and "4-By-4 of the Year" from 4-Wheel & Off-Road magazine.
 -- Buick picked up more market share than any other car company during the calendar year. The redesigned 1991 Park Avenue and Park Avenue Ultra won praise from the automotive press with awards such as the Motoring Press Association's "Best Domestic Car."
 -- Accolades continue to pile up for Cadillac's new Seville and Seville STS. Recognition for this stunning new 1992 product includes Automobile Magazine's "Automobile of the Year" and one of Car and Driver magazine's "Ten Best." Cadillac continued as the industry's luxury car sales leader.
 -- Oldsmobile's Eighty Eight Royale was cited by Motor Trend as one of its "10 Best Domestic Car Buys." Both the 1992 Achieva and Eighty Eight Royale were listed as "Best Buys" in Consumers Digest magazine. The Cutlass Supreme Coupe was the industry's most trouble-free car in its segment, according to the 1991 J.D. Power Initial Quality Survey.
 -- Pontiac Division built its 30-millionth vehicle during the 1991 calendar year when a 1992 Bonneville SSEi rolled off the line at the Wentzville, Mo., Assembly Center. The Bonneville and the new Grand Am were rated as Consumers Digest "Best Buys." For the second year in a row, the Grand Prix sedan was selected as MotorWeek's "Best Domestic Sedan."
 -- Saturn generated "plus" business for GM -- with conquest sales accounting for 67 percent of its 1991 model year sales. Saturn claimed the top ranking in its segment for J.D. Power's 1991 Initial Quality Study Overall Ownership Experience, and the Saturn sedan was rated number one in Power's 1991 Sales Satisfaction Index in overall sales satisfaction in its segment. In addition, Home Mechanix magazine cited Saturn as its "1991 Easy Maintenance Car of the Year."
 -- GMC Truck's 1991 Sierra was named "Pickup Truck of the Year" by 4-Wheeler magazine, and the 1991 Syclone was named "Truck of the Year" by the Motoring Press Association.
 -0- 1/6/92
 /CONTACT: Terrence Sullivan, 313-556-2019, or Toni Simonetti, 313-556-2035, both of General Motors/
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