July 13, 2005

GM increases sales and market share in Europe

Zurich, Switzerland – General Motors reports that it sold over 1,063,000 vehicles in Europe in the first half of 2005, an increase of more than 23,000 or 2.3 per cent over the same period in 2004. GM’s share of the European market rose from 9.5 to 9.7 per cent.

Its biggest volume brands in Europe, Opel and Vauxhall, sold 878,500 vehicles. The brands’ best-selling car line, the Astra, accounted for 2.6 per cent of the total European vehicle market. As well, Chevrolet, Saab, Cadillac, Corvette and Hummer all performed well in their respective markets, with the new Corvette convertible and Cadillac STS arriving in European showrooms in June. The new Hummer H3, built in South Africa for overseas sales, goes on sale in Europe later this year.

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