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US car giant reports record May sales in Mideast

General Motors dealers post total sales of 12,800 vehicles, a 27% increase versus a year ago

US car giant reports record May sales in Mideast
Visitors look at a Chevrolet XTS Hybrid Prototype Platinium at the carmakers booth at the Geneva Motor Show (AFP/Getty Images)

General Motors dealers in the Middle East reported total sales of 12,800 vehicles in May, a 27 percent increase versus a year ago, the US auto giant said on Wednesday.

The increase was driven by sales of Chevrolet cars, which rose by 36 percent, the company said in a statement.

The strong figures represent the best ever May monthly sales on record and the fifth consecutive month of double-digit total sales growth in 2011.

It contributed to year-to-date total sales growth of 21 percent for the first five months of 2011 compared to the same period in 2010, the company added.

Retail sales, those to individual customers, rose 58 percent versus May 2010 and represented a healthy 71 percent of GM Middle East's total sales in the month.

"We registered our best ever May monthly sales, beating a record that had stood since 2006," said John Stadwick, president and managing director of GM Middle East Operations.

"With the addition of new passenger cars to our already strong range of SUVs, crossovers and pickups, we expect our impressive sales momentum to continue throughout the year."

GM sales in the Middle East have been boosted by a reduction of Japanese cars being imported by the region following the earthquake and tsunami in March.

Al Futtaim Motors, the UAE franchise holder for Toyota, said last month it expects to miss its 2011 sales target as a result of the natural disaster.

Japan’s March 11 quake and tsunami impacted work at Toyota’s plants, disrupting supply to showrooms around the world and leaving them unable to meet demand.

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