GM Records Best November Sales Performance in the Middle East as Figures Soar 42 Percent

2012-12-06


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  • November also second highest sales month ever in region
  • Sales in Saudi Arabia more than double; sales up 47 percent in UAE
  • Chevrolet sales rise 49 percent; best November sales for Cadillac and GMC

DUBAI – General Motors’ dealers in the Middle East reported total sales of 15,255 vehicles in November 2012, up 42 percent from the same period in 2011, as GM recorded its best ever November sales month.

The impressive sales figures, driven largely by Chevrolet, were also GM’s second highest monthly sales in the region ever. The record was in December 2010 when GM sold a total of 17,236 vehicles in the Middle East.

Strongest growth for GM in the region was in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) where sales for November this year jumped by 67 percent compared to the same period last year. Sales in Saudi Arabia, GM’s biggest market in the region, rose by an impressive 104 percent to 8,707 vehicles while sales in the United Arab Emirates increased by 47 percent to 1,273 vehicles.

GM boasted strong gains across all three brands in the Middle East with Chevrolet recording 49 percent growth, GMC sales climbing by 23 percent and Cadillac rising by 15 percent. GMC and Cadillac brands saw their best November sales ever.

Chevrolet’s rejuvenated passenger car line-up, which includes the Sonic small car, the Spark mini car, the all-new Malibu as well as the Cruze compact car continued to perform well. The Sonic recorded its best sales month ever, up 626 percent in November compared to the same period last year and 689 percent year-to-date.

November sales for the Spark, the all-new Malibu and the Cruze rose 306 percent, 186 percent and 157 percent year-on-year respectively.

Year-to-date, all three cars were up 364 percent, 94 percent and 2 percent respectively.

“November was an incredible month for GM in the region with several highlights including continuing strong performances by Chevrolet’s passenger cars,” said John Stadwick, President and Managing Director of General Motors Middle East.

“We are confident that November’s impressive performance will continue through to the end of the year as we carry out our vision of designing, building and selling the world’s best vehicles.”

The Chevrolet SUVs, crossovers and pick-ups also saw their best sales month ever in November rising 89 percent boosted by the Traverse which climbed 161 percent and the Captiva which rose 145 percent. November was also a record sales month for both models.

Other highlights included best sales month for the newly-launched Colorado pick-up. Sales have already surpassed the 1,000 unit mark since its September launch. A total of 1,407 vehicles were sold in November.

About General Motors
General Motors Company (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM), 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. For more media material about GM in the Middle East, please visit http://media.gmarabia.com.

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GM Records Best November Sales Performance in the Middle East as Figures Soar 42 Percent

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