US car maker sees 29% rise in MidEast sales

Chevrolet says record sales of Cruze model is driving growth in Gulf markets
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By Andy Sambidge
Sat 14 Sep 2013 10:56 AM

Chevrolet has said its dealers sold a record number of Cruze compact cars in August, helping drive the brand's overall sales 29 percent higher across the Middle East.

Dealers in the region sold 6,434 vehicles, as passenger car sales surged 73 percent to 3,690, the US-based manufacturer said in a statement.

Sales of the Cruze, Chevrolet's best-selling car around the world, more than quadrupled year-on-year to 1,862.

August was also the best month so far this year for passenger car sales in the region, it added.

Total Chevrolet vehicle sales climbed 53 percent year-on-year in Saudi Arabia, the brand's largest market in the Middle East, as passenger car sales in the country more than doubled.

Total Chevrolet vehicle sales climbed by 19 percent in Kuwait, and 4 percent in the UAE which saw passenger car sales grow by 41 percent compared to August 2012.

"August was an excellent sales month for Chevrolet across the Middle East with another impressive performance by our passenger cars, led by the Cruze," said Ahmed Soudodi, Chevrolet brand manager for the Middle East.

"With the successful launch of the Impala earlier this year, and the launch the all-new 2014 Silverado in October, I am confident the brand's sales will grow further."

Elsewhere in the Middle East, Chevrolet vehicle sales grew by 26 percent in Jordan and 17 percent in Oman.

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