DETROIT — General Motors Corp. said Monday that sales of North American-built cars and light trucks rose 1% in March as demand for sport-utility vehicles and pickup trucks made up for weaker car sales.
Discounts helped boost Ford Motor Co. and DaimlerChrysler sales. Ford said sales of North American-built vehicles jumped by 9.8%, while DaimlerChrysler reported a 4.3% increase.
Cars and light trucks are on track to finish with a 17.9-million annual sales rate, the third-best pace, Burnham Securities Inc. analyst David Healy said.
GM, the world's largest auto maker, said its car sales fell 12%. The company ended some sales discounts for owners of GM vehicles, so-called loyalty coupons, which changed sales patterns, analysts said.