Sales of General Motors in Europe grew by 1.6%

Sales of General Motors in Europe grew by 1.6%The share of GM in the market during the first quarter increased slightly from 9.4% in 2005 to 9.5 percent this year. In March 2006, GM sold in Europe 241160 cars that 6570 units or 2.8 percent more. These figures represent a record market share in the amount of 10.4 percent. The growth of GM sales in the first quarter, compared with the same period last year, particularly marked in Russia ( 25.6 percent), the Netherlands ( 22.6 percent), Sweden ( 20.6 percent) and Ireland ( 17.9 percent)."We are very pleased with the sales growth Chevrolet and Saab in the first quarter. In respect of Opel and Vauxhall, our strategy is aimed at improving the quality of sales, allows us in the first quarter of the year to increase the average net sales of more than € 500 per vehicle, compared with a year earlier," said Jonathan Browning (Jonathan Browning, Vice President of the European division of GM and Director of sales, marketing and after-sales service. "All our regions contributed to this improved position, and now we definitely have a solid Foundation on the market for those new cars that we produce".Stable sales growth Cadillac, Corvette and HUMMERIn the first quarter 2006 sales of Cadillac in Europe amounted to 520 hire, 190 of which were in March. Sales of Cadillac in Russia in the first quarter is 51 car. New Cadillac BLS - four-door mid-size luxury sedan will go on sale April 8, in Russia this car will be available from summer 2006. This will be the first Cadillac model available with a diesel engine with a turbocharger. Sale Corvette during the first quarter of 2006 amounted to 270 cars. Currently on sale in Europe received version of the Z06. Sale HUMMER in Europe as a whole amounted to 340 cars in the first quarter of 2006. In Russia in the first quarter sold 27 trucks.Saab has beaten the world and European sales recordsSaab continues to accelerate a record pace, reaching during the first quarter of 2006 and a record of sales performance in the global and European markets. Global sales increased to 34190 cars during the first three months of this year, which represents a 24% increase compared with the same period last year. In Europe 29% increase in sales volume ( 5 310 hire) led to a total figure of 24540 sold cars. Both results beat all previous records set this brand before - a major achievement in Europe, based on annual sales record last year. Each of the ten major markets Saab - they account for 85 percent of total sales recorded growth, including record sales in the UK, Spain and Belgium. In Sweden, in the native market for Saab, for the first quarter were sold 6160 cars that 1760 hire or 40 percent more than the same figures for the same period last year. The sale of Saab in the UK amounted 7760 vehicles, of which plus 20 percent or 1160 units are higher than in the first quarter of 2005, which is particularly impressive because the brand maintains a record sales figures, installed last year. In March 2006, the sale of Saab in Europe amounted 11840 cars, reaching a market share in the amount of 0.5 percent, which 2360 units, or 25% compared with March 2005. Sales of SAAB in Russia in the first quarter amounted to 55 cars. Release lineup Saab 9-3 SportCombi, the new engine 2.8V6 turbo, and also the outstanding success of the Saab 9-5 BioPower in Sweden, where this model has become the best selling car with an environmentally friendly engine that runs on ethanol - all this contributed to the great success of Saab.Significant growth in sales of Opel/Vauxhall in Europe in MarchSale of Opel/Vauxhall in Europe has increased significantly in March 2006, reaching 195 740 units, compared with 105 600 in February. It is possible to increase the market share attributable to Opel/Vauxhall, from 7.0 to 8.3 percent. Sale of Opel/Vauxhall slightly increased as compared with the same period a year ago (195 600 units). Since the total market increased slightly, the market share attributable to Opel/Vauxhall, decreased by approximately 0.4 percentage points. The share of the European market during the first quarter amounted to 7.6 per cent (January-March 2005 - 8.0 percent), which corresponded 421 050 units (425200 units). The approximate doubling of sales of Opel/Vauxhall in Europe in March 2006 compared with February refers mainly to models Tigra, Vectra, Signum and Corsa. Compared with March 2005, the market share attributable to Opel, has also increased in such important markets as France ( 0.7%), the Netherlands ( 3.2%) and Scandinavia ( 0.4 percent). Sales of Opel on the Russian market amounted to 2 737 cars.Light trucks also continue its successful gait characteristic of recent years, peaking in the first quarter of 2006 marks in 43100 units (January-March 2005 - 40600 units) that were respectively 5.3% (5.3%).Sale Vauxhall in the first quarter of the year was in the UK in total 99750 cars that brought this brand 12.9 percent of the market. In March sale Vauxhall was 60170 cars, which primarily was due to an exceptionally large volume of retail sales. The total share of the market in March was 12.1 percent. In the list of bestsellers in the UK model Astra and Corsa reached in March of the third and fourth positions, respectively, and the sale of Vectra retail customers has doubled compared with March last year. On the gross sales market place bestseller divided in class between a model Corsa and Zafira.Sales of Chevrolet in the first quarter of 2006 amounted to hire 75490Chevrolet increased sales in the first quarter of 2006 to 75490 cars on the European market (compared to 69660 the vehicles sold during the same period a year ago), setting a new record of this brand. These figures include 8650 cars made by GM and AVTOVAZ and 1230 automobiles manufactured in the United States. Cumulative increase excluding products "GM-AVTOVAZ" and the United States amounted to 16.3 percent. For the first quarter, the market share of 1.4 percent. The highest rates of growth during the first quarter of 2006 were again recorded in Russia, where sales increased from 13950 to more than 17560 units ( 26.0 percent). In March, Chevrolet sales amounted 33360 cars, including the production of "GM-AVTOVAZ" and States that in March 2006 the European market resulted in market share in the amount of 1.4 percent. Outstanding results were recorded in March in Belgium ( 25%), Spain ( 26.4 percent), Italy ( 26.8 percent), Portugal ( 55.6 percent) and Ireland ( 49.6 percent)..



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