GM Posts Big May Sales Boost (NBC33 VIDEO)

By Eric DeFreeuw

June 4, 2013 Updated Jun 4, 2013 at 6:28 PM EDT

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (www.nbc33.com) – In what appears to be a good sign for an improving economy General Motors is reporting their highest monthly sales since September 2008.

The auto manufacturer reports a 3% increase this May compared to a year ago. GM pickup trucks increased a reported 15%, including 30% in the area of large SUV's and 23% in large pickups. Those statistics includes models like the Chevy Silverado and GMC Sierra which are both manufactured here in Fort Wayne.

According to Chuck Kelley, the General Manager of Kelley Chevrolet, people are starting to feel good again, and it's about time.

"I think consumer optimism is really getting good. You know, we're all feeling better about the times and what's going on. And the average car in America is like 11 years old today, so I mean cars last a lot longer than they used to, and they have lasted a long time. And for a lot of families it is time to replace the vehicle."

One of the more surprising increases GM saw this month was the astounding numbers their Cadillac line of vehicles put together. The luxury line reported a 40% increase since May 2012, the highest year-to-date increase in nearly 40 years.

“Life in Fort Wayne is really good right now,” Kelley says. “People are feeling good about themselves, they are feeling better about the economy. It's summertime, it's a great time for car dealers. People like to shop when it's warm and it's sunny, and new products are arriving as we speak."

Hopefully this is just the beginning of a growing trend for the auto industry. GM’s Vice President of US Sales Operations Kurt McNeil agrees, saying this could be the beginning of a trend.

“These are all powerful signs that the gradual recovery in the economy is becoming more broad-based."

Just about every sales statistical category showed an increase from 2012 to 2013.

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