General Motors has announced that it sold 2.4 million vehicles around the world during the first quarter of 2015. The results represent a 2 percent increase compared to the first quarter of 2014.
The growth was driven by China, which saw sales rise 9 percent, and North America, where sales increased 6 percent. In Europe, Opel/Vauxhall sales increased 3 percent.
“The momentum our brands are building in China, the U.S. and Western Europe more than offset difficult conditions in some other large markets like Russia and Brazil,” said GM CEO Mary Barra.
“We are in the early days of a very aggressive onslaught of new products and customer-driven innovation,” she said. “Already, the Chevrolet Trax and Colorado are redefining segments in the United States, Cadillac is growing rapidly in China and establishing a new formula for prestige sedans with the CT6 and Opel’s revitalization is accelerating across Europe. At the same time, we are deploying OnStar with 4G LTE in North America, Europe and China to give our customers the best connectivity experience in the industry.”
Other first quarter global sales highlights:
- Cadillac was up 2.5 percent, driven by an increase of 23 percent in China
- The sales increase at Opel/Vauxhall outpaced the European region’s growth by 0.2 percentage points
- Buick was up 8 percent
- GMC was up 15 percent, for its best first quarter sales since 2005
- Chevrolet deliveries in the United States increased 5 percent on the strength of a 19 percent increase in crossover deliveries and a 31 percent increase in truck sales. Deliveries in China were up 7 percent.
To note: in prior quarters, GM reported wholesale deliveries in China, which are vehicles sold to dealers. Beginning this quarter, GM is reporting deliveries to customers.