GM Auto Sales Worldwide On the Rise

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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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