GM global sales rose 2% in the first quarter of 2015

GM global sales rose 2% in the first quarter of 2015

General Motors (GM) sold 2.4m vehicles globally in the first quarter of 2015, up 2% compared to a year ago.

Sales in China increased 9% and deliveries in North America were up 6%. Opel/Vauxhall increased sales 3% in Europe.

"The momentum our brands are building in China, the US and western Europe more than offset difficult conditions in some other large markets like Russia and Brazil," said GM CEO Mary Barra in a statement.

"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 revitalisation 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 Q1 global sales highlights:

  • Cadillac was up 2.5%, driven by a 23% increase in China.
  • Opel/Vauxhall’s sales increase outpaced the European region’s growth by 0.2 percentage points.
  • Buick was up 8%.
  • GMC was up 15%, for its best first quarter sales since 2005.
  • Chevrolet deliveries in the United States increased 5% on the strength of a 19% increase in crossover deliveries and a 31% increase in truck sales. Deliveries in China were up 7%.

In earlier quarters, GM reported wholesale deliveries in China which are vehicles sold to dealers. Beginning this quarter, GM is reporting deliveries to customers.