December 2012 was the second-best sales month ever for General Motors in the Middle East. During the month, The General’s dealer body sold a total of 14,413 vehicles — a 3 percent year-over-year increase.
Fueled by the overhauled lineup including the Spark, Sonic, Cruze, and Malibu, December sales of Chevrolet cars rose to 6,730 units — a 10 percent year-on-year increase, while sales of SUVs, crossovers, and pickup trucks grew to 3,888 units.
Meanwhile, December 2012 sales of the Cadillac brand rose 9 percent year-over-year to 4,203 vehicles. For the year, the Cadillac SRX was the best-selling model, recording sales of 41 percent.
GM’s full-year sales in the Middle East totaled 137,955 vehicles, with Saudi Arabia being The General’s biggest market in the region. There, full-year sales grew 16 percent while December 2012 sales were up 9 percent to 7,167 units. In addition, sales in the United Arab Emirates grew 21 percent for the year and 34 percent in December 2012 to 1,429 vehicles — making for the best sales month in the country since 2009.
President and Managing Director of General Motors Middle East John Stadwick expects to continue breaking records in the region The General launched the Cadillac ATS in late December, and will commence sales of the Cadillac XTS in the first quarter of 2013.