Record Sales Month for Cadillac Drives GM’s Retail Sales in the Middle East in November
- Cadillac registers record November sales month
- GM Middle East’s retail sales up 68 percent in November
- GM Middle East’s year-to-date total sales up 18 percent
DUBAI – General Motors’ dealers in the Middle East reported total sales of 10,741 vehicles in November 2011.
Total sales are up 18 percent in the first 11 months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010. Retail sales in November, those to individual customers, increased by 68 percent.
This strong performance means that retail sales have increased by 51 percent in the first 11 months of 2011, compared to the same period in 2010. The impressive figure is the result of a consistent growth in showroom traffic throughout the region for GM Middle East’s line-up of passenger cars, crossovers, sport utility vehicles (SUVs) and pickups across the Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac brands.
So far this year, total sales of Chevrolet are up 22 percent year-over-year. Year-to-date sales of Cadillac are up 10 percent after registering its best November sales performance. Sales of Cadillac were 6 percent higher in November 2011 compared to November 2010 – the previous record month. GMC’s year-to-date total sales are up 15 percent year-over-year in 2011.
“We are set for a great sales year as we near the end of 2011,” said John Stadwick, President and Managing Director of GM Middle East Operations. “For the first 11 months of 2011 our retail sales are higher than the same period in 2008, which was when industry vehicles sales were at their peak before the impact of the global financial crisis.
We are now on course to set a new retail sales record,” added Stadwick. Passenger Cars Total year-to-date sales of GM passenger cars are up by 15 percent in 2011, driven by strong sales of the Chevrolet Malibu (up 19 percent) and the Chevrolet Cruze (up 14 percent).
Sport Utility Vehicles Across Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac, total year-to-date sales of sport utility vehicles (SUVs) increased by 25 percent in 2011. The Chevrolet Tahoe (up 43 percent) and GMC Yukon XL (up 21 percent) are the best performing SUV nameplates.
Crossovers Total crossover sales across Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac are up 14 percent in the first 11 months of 2011 led by strong sales of the Chevrolet Captiva (up 42 percent) and Chevrolet Traverse (up 41 percent). Pickups So far this year, total sales of GM pickups are up 26 percent due to a strong performance by the Silverado, which has grown sales by 71 percent in the first 11 months of 2011.
About General Motors General Motors (NYSE: GM, TSX: GMM), one of the world’s largest automakers, traces its roots back to 1908. With its global headquarters in Detroit, GM employs 208,000 people in every major region of the world and does business in more than 120 countries.
GM and its strategic partners produce cars and trucks in 30 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. The Global Chevrolet brand is celebrating its 100thbirthday in 2011. GM’s largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy.
In the Middle East since the 1920s, General Motor’s vehicle brands sold in the region are Cadillac, Chevrolet, and GMC supported by a unique set of customer-focused services. GM parts and accessories are sold under the GM Parts and ACDelco brands. The regional office in Dubai covers the company’s operations in Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and Yemen.