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Cruze sales numbers down for June

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Sales figures for car sales for the month of June were released on Tuesday.

General Motors record setting recalls of 29 million vehicles, has not kept the company's sales from rising.

The company says its U.S. sales were up by one percent in June, led by the Buick Encore small SUV.

Chrysler sales were also up 9 percent, but Ford saw a decrease in sales by 6 percent.

But sales of the Lordstown built Chevy Cruze dropped nearly 21 percent from the same period a year ago. The company sold 26,000 models last month, compared to nearly 33,000 models sold in June of 2013.

Record Cruze sales in May was a milestone celebrated in Lordstown, but General Motor's top-seller lost steam at the beginning of the summer, the time of year when car sales usually heat up.

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

They join others in Washington who believe GM needs to continue to be transparent.

"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 is something we should be concerned about," said Rep.Tim Ryan.

This week's recall: Cruze models with engine block heaters, vehicles flagged for potential defects.

Though recalls seem to keep coming, it's believed the automaker that managed to re-emerge from bankruptcy has what it takes to start over, yet again.

"I want to see them succeed, but they've got to make some fundamental changes and they've got to get back to the basics and understand that consumer safety. That's got to come first above and beyond profits and margins," said Rep. Bill Johnson.

The June Cruze sales were a disappointment, UAW Local 1112 President Glenn Johnson said that the sales slip is likely linked to consumer demand.  Johnson and others will be watching future figures closely.

 

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