General Motors Middle East has reported sales results for the third quarter of 2011, ended September 30, with total sales tallying 35,565 units — a 21 percent year-over-year increase. This marks 12 consecutive months of double-digit sales growth in the region for The General, with 9,853 vehicle sales in September.
Here’s a brief sales breakdown by brand, with all numbers representing Q3 results compared to the same time frame in 2010:
- Chevy brand sales up 21 percent
- Optra (Daewoo Lacetti) up 37 percent. We’re just as puzzled as you are why this relic is still on the market today
- Caprice up 45 percent
- Malibu up 34 percent
- Traverse up 53 percent
- Captiva also up (exact amount not disclosed)
- Tahoe up 46 percent
- Silverado sales “more than doubled” (exact amount not disclosed)
- GMC brand sales up 28 percent
- Terrain up (exact amount not disclosed)
- Sierra up 51 percent
- Caddy brand sales up 32 percent
- SRX up 29 percent
- Escalade up 36 percent
In total, retail sales were up 43 percent during the quarter and represented 73 percent of total sales.
GM has been in the Middle East market since the 1920s and offers three of its brands there, including Chevrolet, GMC, and Cadillac. Its regional offices are located in Dubai and cover Bahrain, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, UAE and Yemen.
The GM Authority Take
It’s always pleasant to see GM doing well, especially in international markets where it’s usually not as strong as it is in North America. But we’re still puzzled by the decision to not offer Buick in the Middle Eastern market. Perhaps you could help us shed some light on the topic in the comments…