GM's Sales Gain Ground on Ford's


Strong sales of the Cadillac ATS sedan have helped drive big gains for GM's luxury brand this year. Photo credit: General Motors Co.

Despite big success in places like China, General Motors (NYSE: GM  ) has had a rough time in the U.S. market recently. Products that had fallen behind competitors', plus lingering resentments over GM's 2009 bailout, left GM's market share last year at lows not seen in decades.

That may be starting to turn around, as GM's latest products have impressed critics and buyers alike. Analysts are saying that GM's sales growth in July might outpace Ford's (NYSE: F  ) – or put another way, GM looks to be gaining back some of that lost market share. In this video, Fool.com contributor John Rosevear looks at the latest forecasts – and at some of the key factors driving the U.S. auto market right now.

GM has struggled here at home, but the General leads China's auto market, which has become the world's largest. But is GM stock the best way to play China's auto boom? A recent Motley Fool report, "2 Automakers to Buy for a Surging Chinese Market", names two other global auto giants that may be even better-positioned to benefit as China's new-car sales continue to surge. You can read this report right now for free – just click here for instant access.


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  • Report this Comment On July 31, 2013, at 11:24 AM, AmericanFirst wrote:

    John,

    Do you want market share or profits? Ford continues to crush GM in profit per vehicle sold. In July, GM again had the highest incentives per vehicle sold in the industry. Another point, Ford had a least as good a 2nd Qtr. as GM, even after GM was advantaged over FORD. GM did not pay the same corp. income tax rate as Ford, massive relief of interest expense asscociated with $30B of debt relief per Obamruptcy. After all the above, Ford had the largest increase in market share June, Ytd.

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