Chevy Cruze sales drop in June - News weather sports for Youngstown-Warren Ohio

Chevy Cruze sales drop in June

DETROIT - Although General Motors is reporting what it says are the best June sales figures since 2007, sales of the Lordstown made Chevrolet Cruze last month dropped nearly 21 percent from the same period a year ago.

GM released figures on Tuesday saying that the company sold 26,008 Cruze models last month, compared to 32,871 sold in June of 2013. Cruze sales also dipped 20 percent from May figures.

Cruze models are among the 28 million vehicles that GM has recalled this year.

The latest Cruze recall involves only models equipped with engine block heaters, which are usually found on vehicles in very cold climates. 

The sales cool down is a concern Ohio's congressional leaders when it comes to any potential ripple effect on local jobs.

"The ripple effect for this in our valley is huge," Rep. Tim Ryan says, D-13 Ohio.

A sales period that was two days shorter than June of a year ago, GM also issued a temporary sales-stop order of 33,000 new and used 2013-2014 Chevrolet Cruzes because a driver’s air bag inflator module may have been assembled with an incorrect part. Owners of those vehicles will be notified.

Ryan joins other members of Congress in Washington who believe GM needs to continue to be transparent about recalls and its products.

"I think if you make a mistake, you say you made mistakes, 'here are the problems, here's how to make it right', let's move forward, but it's something we should be concerned about," Ryan says.

General Motors says total sales for all vehicles were up one percent compared to a year ago.

GM says  that on a selling- day adjusted basis, GM’s total sales were up 9 percent. Retail deliveries were up 9 percent and fleet sales were up 10 percent.
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