Trucks and tidbits from GM’s earnings report

General Motors announced this morning that 2018 was a good year for it financially, thanks in large part to the company’s performance in North America, which was predicated, according to the company, on “strong pricing, surging crossover sales, successful execution of the company’s full-size truck launch, growth of GM Financial earnings, and disciplined cost control.”

GM reported full-year income of $8.1 billion and EBIT-adjusted income of $11.8 billion. Crossover sales in 2018 were 1,034,808, an increase of 7 percent compared to 2017 deliveries. Throw in the body-on-frame SUVs and the ute number is a total 1,295,700.

But let’s face it: It is the trucks that really matter. The Chevy Silverado and Colorado, the GMC Sierra and Canyon. Altogether, GM sold 973,463 pickups in the U.S. in 2018. Although Ford gets bragging rights for F-Series sales, GM gets

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