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US car giant sees 29% rise in Middle East sales in April

General Motors says more than 12,200 vehicles sold last month, with Chevrolet showing biggest rise

US car giant sees 29% rise in Middle East sales in April
The Chevrolet Camaro during the 2011 New York International Auto Show at the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York. (AFP/Getty Images)

US car giant General Motors said on Monday that it sold a total of more than 12,200 vehicles in April, a 29 percent increase on the same month in 2010.

Sales of its Chevrolet brand rose 33 percent, while GMC sales increased by 26 percent and Cadillac posted 21 percent sales growth versus April a year ago.

Retail sales, those to individual customers, recorded a 76 percent growth versus last April with cars and SUVs up 158 percent and 58 percent respectively while April deliveries to commercial accounts dropped by 25 percent.

"Our April sales are indicative of our continuous effort to drive profitable sales growth," said John Stadwick, president and managing director of GM Middle East Operations in a statement.

"We will strive to sustain these retail sales levels, particularly as we have several new vehicle launches planned for the remainder of the year."

The Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac brands saw total SUV sales rise by 41 percent, with the Chevrolet Tahoe posting its best month since launch with 1,537 sales.

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