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Mar 07 2011

General Motors Middle East Records 21% Sales Growth in February

General Motors Middle East Records 21% Sales Growth in February
Chevrolet sales soar by 44% during the month of February
Year-over-year retail sales gain of 42%
Chevrolet's newest vehicles continue to gain customers with Chevrolet cars sales up 68%

Middle East - General Motors Middle East registered year-over-year sales growth of 21% in the month of February with total sales of 9,907 vehicles in the region across its three brands: Chevrolet, Cadillac and GMC.

The growth was driven by an increase in retail sales - purchases made by individual customers - of 42% across GM 's range of cars, pickups and utilities.

Sales increases were registered across the region with the greatest rise recorded in Iraq, GM Middle East 's second largest market, where sales doubled.

Chevrolet made significant gains during the month with sales up 44%. The popularity of Chevrolet cars, driven by the Aveo, Cruze and Malibu, continues to rise with sales up 68% in February.

Sales were also boosted by strong growth of the Chevrolet Silverado full-size pickup, doubling its sales during February. Other GM models that experienced significant sales growth included the Chevrolet Suburban (up 32%), the Chevrolet Traverse (up 19%), the GMC Sierra (up 59%) and the Cadillac CTS (up 54%).

"February represents another month of double-digit sales growth," said John Stadwick, President and Managing Director of GM Middle East Operations. "Outstanding sales driven by Chevrolet cars - the Aveo, Cruze and Malibu prove that our award-winning line up of vehicles is growing in preference among customers in the region."

The result in February continues a run of successive months of double-digit growth for GM Middle East . Total sales for the first two months of the year have risen 18%, while the company's retail sales have increased by 35%.

This sales growth momentum is likely to be maintained throughout the year with five new vehicle launches planned for the region in 2011: the all-new Chevrolet Aveo, the all-new Cruze Hatchback, the Camaro Convertible, the new Chevrolet Captiva and the all-new GMC Terrain.

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About General Motors
General Motors Company (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 209,000 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 31 countries, and sell and service these vehicles through the following brands: Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, Daewoo, Holden, Isuzu, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall, and Wuling. GM 's largest national market is China, followed by the United States, Brazil, the United Kingdom, Germany, Canada, and Italy. General Motors acquired operations from General Motors Corporation on July 10, 2009, and references to prior periods in this and other press materials refer to operations of the old General Motors Corporation. More information on the new General Motors can be found at www.gm.com.

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. For more media material about GM in the Middle East, please visit http://media.gmarabia.com

For more information:
Samer El Khalil
Regional Communications Manager
General Motors Middle East
Tel (+9714) 3143333
E-mail: samer.elkhalil@gm.com

Marwan Abu Ghanem
Tel (+9714) 4055511
E-mail marwan.abu-ghanem@hillandknowlton.com

© Press Release 2011


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