GM Auto Sales Worldwide On the Rise

Bloomberg News - April 16, 2013

GM auto sales have increased glob­al­ly by 3.6 per­cent dur­ing the first quar­ter, giv­ing the com­pa­ny enough lever­age to main­tain its lead over rival Volk­swa­gen.

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Armed with its best vehi­cles in a gen­er­a­tion, GM said world­wide sales rose 3.6 per­cent dur­ing the first quar­ter com­pared with last year, keep­ing its lead over Volk­swa­gen AG by about 90,000 vehi­cles.

Increased Chevro­let sales in the U.S. and Buick demand in Chi­na helped GM deliv­er 2.36 mil­lion cars and trucks in the first three months of 2013, the Detroit-based com­pa­ny said today in an e-mailed state­ment. VW glob­al sales dur­ing the peri­od rose 5.1 per­cent to 2.27 mil­lion, accord­ing to an April 12 state­ment. Toy­ota Motor Corp. hasn’t report­ed first-quar­ter sales yet.

“This is Chevrolet’s 10th con­sec­u­tive record-break­ing quar­ter of glob­al sales,” Mark Reuss, pres­i­dent of GM’s North Amer­i­can oper­a­tions, said today in Detroit in advance of the SAE World Con­gress, an auto-engi­neer­ing con­fer­ence, at an indus­try break­fast held by Daw­da Mann, a Bloom­field Hills, Michi­gan-based law firm. “Chevro­let is, in fact, being reborn.”

GM faces increased pres­sure to main­tain its stand­ing as the world’s sec­ond-best sell­ing automak­er ahead of VW. Toy­ota retook the lead posi­tion from GM last year as the Toy­ota City, Japan- based com­pa­ny recov­ered from nat­ur­al dis­as­ters in Asia in 2011.

Volk­swa­gen, based in Wolfs­burg, Ger­many, report­ed a 5.9 per­cent sales decline in Europe that was off­set by gains in the U.S. and Chi­na. The com­pa­ny, with brands includ­ing Audi and Porsche, said its U.S. sales rose 15 per­cent to 142,800 and Chi­na deliv­er­ies increased 21 per­cent to 633,900.

“We don’t sit around plot­ting first place in sales as an objec­tive,” Reuss told reporters after his pre­sen­ta­tion. “Although, we will go head-to-head mar­ket-to-mar­ket with the prod­uct piece of it.”

GM Chief Exec­u­tive Offi­cer Dan Aker­son is push­ing to refo­cus the automaker’s efforts around two glob­al brands, Chevro­let and Cadil­lac, as the com­pa­ny com­petes with VW and Toy­ota for world­wide scale.

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