General Motors Sales Jump 19 Per Cent in UAE

DUBAI - The General Motors (GM) on Tuesday reported a 6 per cent increase in its sales over 2007 in the Middle East.

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Published: Thu 22 Jan 2009, 1:13 AM

Last updated: Thu 2 Apr 2015, 4:30 AM

The UAE and Syria recorded double-digit increases of 19 per cent and 10 per cent respectively.

GM’s biggest market, Saudi Arabia also experienced rising sales of 2 per cent, said a statement issued yesterday.

Mike Devereux, President of General Motors Middle East, commented: “We are delighted to have recorded positive growth in the Middle East in 2008 and another record number of vehicles sold. In the first ten months of 2008, we were on track to record an increase of 13 per cent, prior to the effects of the financial crisis.”

“As we start 2009, for what is sure to be a challenging year ahead, the launch programme for our new models is very much on track. Chevrolet’s crossover Traverse, small Cruze, mid-size Malibu and Camaro, together with Cadillac’s Escalade Platinum Edition and CTS-V, along with the GMC Sierra Denali and Hummer H3T completing the line up — this promises to be an exciting year for General Motors and our customers in the Middle East.” GMC in particular was a strong performer for GM with the Acadia up 96 per cent, the Yukon up 26 per cent and Sierra up 13 per cent.

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