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GM Posts Global Sales Increase in Q1

April 16, 2013

Nathan Bomey -- Detroit Free Press

General Motors headquarters (file photo)
General Motors headquarters (file photo)

General Motors posted a 3.6% increase in global vehicle sales in the first quarter of 2013, compared to the same period last year.

The automaker sold 2.36 million vehicles in the first quarter, including an 8% increase in North America to 761,616 units and a 7% increase in its International Operations business to 992,234 units. GM's international operations includes China, where GM posted a 10% sales increase in the first quarter.

The weakness continues in Europe, where GM sales dropped 6% to 372,634 units.

But GM reported an uptick in global market share for the first quarter to 11.4% from 11.2% a year earlier.

Chevrolet sales were flat at "more than" 1.18 million, GM said in a statement, though the company technically eked out a small increase for its 10th consecutive quarter of record Chevy sales.

For Chevy, 2013 is a vital year. The brand's U.S. vehicle introductions include a new Silverado pickup truck in the second quarter and a new Impala sedan that's shipping to dealers now.

The brand got a big publicity lift in January with the introduction of the new 2014 Corvette Stingray, but the Malibu mid-size sedan has slumped in the face of fierce competition and GM plans to introduced a refreshed Malibu later this year.

Now, Chevy has a new global marketing chief, Volkswagen veteran Tim Mahoney, who will shape the future of its new global advertising campaign, "Find New Roads."

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