January 5, 2002

GM has record-setting sales in December, but annual sales down slightly

Oshawa, Ontario – General Motors of Canada dealers sold 42,415 vehicles in December, an increase of 11.8 per cent over the same period last year. Compared to December 2000, passenger car sales for the month were 20,818 units, up 6.4 per cent, and truck sales were 21,597 units, up 17.5 per cent.

“GM vehicle sales for the month were our highest December sales ever as GM dealers and retailers delivered more cars, pickups, sport-utilities, minivans and cross-over vehicles than any previous December,” said Dick Conlin, GM of Canada’s vice president of sales, service and marketing.

For the 2001 calendar year, GM Canada delivered 470,079 units, a 1.4% decrease from the previous year. Calendar year passenger car sales were 245,718 units, down 4.3 per cent while truck sales were a record 224,361 units, an increase of 2.9 per cent over the previous year.

Conlin added, “2001 was challenging for the overall economy but thanks to some truly innovative marketing and award winning cars and trucks, we managed to pull off a very successful year. We said all along that 2001 could be our third-best year in the past decade and we more than surpassed the previous “third best” by over 19,000 vehicles. In fact, we were less than 7,000 vehicles from surpassing our best year ever.

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