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GM's US sales up 11 pct in April on demand for pickups, Cadillac

DETROIT – General Motors Co.’s U.S. sales rose 11 per cent in April on continuing demand for pickups as well as small cars.

Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup rose 28 per cent to more than 39,000. Truck sales have been strong all year on rising demand from home builders and other businesses.

GM also saw double-digit increases for its small cars, including the Buick Verano and Chevrolet Cruze and Chevrolet Sonic.

All of GM’s four brands saw higher sales than last April. Cadillac sales rose 34 per cent as the new ATS and XTS hit the market, while Buick and Chevrolet were both up 11 per cent.

The Chevrolet Volt electric car was down 11 per cent.