April 20, 2007
GM announces record first quarter of over 2.2 million vehicles globally
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Detroit, Michigan – General Motors sold a record 2.26 million vehicles worldwide in the first quarter of 2007, according to preliminary sales figures released yesterday. Global first-quarter sales were up 67,000 vehicles, or 3 per cent, compared with sales of 2.19 million in the first quarter of 2006. The company’s global market share is estimated at 13.0 per cent.
“GM posted record sales in the first quarter, driven by exceptionally strong demand in emerging markets,” says John Middlebrook, GM vice president, Global Sales, Service and Marketing Operations. “We saw more than 20 per cent growth in the Asia/Pacific region and had 17 per cent growth in the Latin America, Africa and Middle East region. We’re also very pleased to see 6 per cent growth in Europe, where we sold more than a half-million vehicles and established a new sales record.”
Chevrolet’s global sales of 1.04 million vehicles was an increase of 4 per cent year-over-year, while Hummer grew 37 per cent in the Latin America, Africa and Middle East region, Cadillac saw 89 per cent sales growth in Europe, and Saturn rose 19 per cent in Canada and the U.S.