General Motors South Africa reported 5,149 vehicle sales in September 2015. The result put it in the fourth position in terms of sales volume on the National Automobile Association Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA) sales rankings.
Despite declining industry sales, sales of Chevrolet vehicles in September were the highest since October 2014, with the locally-assembled Chevrolet Utility and Spark, along with the recently launched Cruze, were the top sellers.
According to GM, the gains are the result of high levels of stimulus programs.
“Overall industry dealer sales were surprisingly strong, due to high levels of support to stimulate the market”, said Brian Olson, GMSA Vice President for Vehicle Sales Service and Marketing. “This is an unsustainable sales rate and we still see the market finishing 2015 around 600 000 units, down 6% on 2014 sales.
Meanwhile, Opel continued to buck the industry trend with sales up more than 60 percent versus the same time last year.
Olson says: “We continue our Opel product onslaught next month with the launch of the cool, new ADAM Rocks. This will be the fifth Opel product launch this year alone.”
Editor’s note: GM South Africa does not provide sales comparisons when reporting sales results. We are attempting to procure these from industry sources, and will update this article if/when we are successful in doing so.