GM reports 12.2% rise in global sales
For 2010, the carmaker delivered 8,389,769 vehicles globally, up from 2009's figure of 7,477,178.
GM achieved double-digit increases in five of its top 10 markets, including a 28.8% increase in China, where the firm and its partners were the first to top the two million sales mark in a single year, and an increase of 41.3% in Uzbekistan, which is now GM's 10th largest market by volume.
Deliveries in the United States, GM's number two market, rose 6.3% despite the phase-out or sale of four brands, while Brazil, GM's third largest market, saw deliveries rise by 10.4%.
Opel/Vauxhall remains the second best-selling brand for GM worldwide, recording a strong finish for the year. In 2010, its market share increased in 18 out of 27 European countries, including the UK, France, Italy and Spain. The brand was among the top three brands in eight European countries, including the two biggest markets, Germany and the UK – Vauxhall maintaining its second place in the UK car and LCV market. In the UK, Vauxhall achieved a market share of 11.98% in 2010 (up 0.24% vs 2009), representing Opel/Vauxhall's highest penetration in Europe.