Passenger cars drive General Motors April Middle East sales up by 29%
Source: BI-ME , Author: Posted by BI-ME staff
Posted: Mon May 9, 2011 3:30 pm

UAE. General Motors dealers in the Middle East reported 12,264 total sales in April, a 29% increase verus April a year ago, driven by GM’s recently launched passenger vehicles.

Combined sales of GM passenger cars increased by 38% in April. Chevrolet sales rose by 33%, while GMC sales increased by 26% and Cadillac posted 21% sales growth versus April a year ago.

Retail sales, those to individual customers, recorded an impressive 76% growth versus last April with cars and SUVs up 158% and 58% respectively. Combined retail sales of Aveo, Optra, Cruze and Malibu were up 306%. April deliveries to commercial accounts dropped by 25%. Retail sales represented 73% of total April sales.

“Our April sales are indicative of our continuous effort to drive profitable sales growth” said John Stadwick, President and Managing Director of GM Middle East Operations. “We will strive to sustain these retail sales levels, particularly as we have several new vehicle launches planned for the remainder of the year.”

GM’s Newest Vehicles Sales Soar 33% in April
Combined sales for vehicles launched since September 2009 – Chevrolet Cruze, Malibu, Camaro and Captiva; GMC Terrain; and Cadillac SRX and CTS Coupe – jumped 33% during April and are up 11 percent for the year through April. The Chevrolet Malibu was the star performer with total sales up 62% versus April a year ago and 25% year to date.

Passenger Cars
Total sales of GM passenger cars improved 38% during April, led by the sale of Aveos, Optras, Cruzes and Malibus. Retail sales of GM passenger cars climbed 158 percent for the month. For the year to date, retail sales of GM’s passenger cars were up 160%.

SUVs
The Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac brands April total SUV sales were up by 41%. Retail sales of GM SUVs increased by 58% during the month of April. For the year to date, retail sales of Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac SUVs improved by 13%. Combined sales of full-size SUVs increased by 49% in April. Chevrolet Tahoe posted best month since launch with 1,537 total sales. Retail sales for Tahoe were up 108% for April.

Crossovers
Total combined sales of Chevrolet Captiva and Traverse, GMC Terrain and Accadia, and Cadillac SRX increased by 14% with retail sales up by 6% versus a year ago. For the year to date, retail sales for GM crossovers are down by 14%.

Pickups
Total sales of Chevrolet Silverado, Avalanche and Colorado and GMC Sierra dropped by 12% during April. Retail sales for GM pickups increased by 30%. For the year to date, retail sales of GM pickups were up 46%.

The strong performance in April represented a fourth consecutive month of double-digit sales growth of 19% year to date.

General Motors Company, one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 209,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries. GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands:  Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. 

GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. 

More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

In the Middle East since the 1920s, General Motor’s vehicle brands sold in the region are Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC supported by a unique set of customer-focused services. GM parts and accessories are sold under the GM Parts and ACDelco brands.

The regional office in Dubai covers the company’s operations in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and Yemen.

 

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