General Motors Middle East (GMME) recorded its second best December sales in 2012 - up 3% year on year to 14,413 vehicles as the Chevrolet and Cadillac brands booked record month and full year volume.

December 2012 was GM's second highest sales month last year.

The Middle East tally was 137,955 vehicles during 2012, GM said without providing a 2011 comparison, boosted mainly by sales in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. Full year sales in Saudi Arabia, the biggest market in the region, rose 16% while December sales jumped 9% to 7,167 vehicles.

In the United Arab Emirates, sales climbed 21% for the year and 34% to 1,429 vehicles in December, the largest year on year gain for the month among GCC countries. December was also the best sales month in the UAE since March 2009.

Chevrolet passenger car sales rose 10% in December to 6,730 vehicles while SUVs, crossovers and pick-ups climbed 8% to 3,888 units.

Cadillac sales in December increased 9% and full year volume was up 16% to 4,203 vehicles.

Sales of the SRX, the brand's best-seller in the Middle East, rose 41%, for a record annual tally.

"I expect more records to be broken in the Middle East this year with the launch of the [new ATS] late December and the start of sales of the [new XTS] in the first quarter of 2013," said John Stadwick, GMME president and managing director.

"December was a strong finish to 2012 and I am confident the sales pace will continue to improve this year as we strengthen the position of all our brands in the region with several new launches," he added.