It’s not Saab-specific, but it’s still big automotive news about the corporate parent.
Press Release – 20th April
GM ANNOUNCES RECORD Q1 GLOBAL SALES . . . General Motors sold a record 2.26 million cars and trucks around the world in the first quarter of 2007, according to preliminary sales figures released today. GM global first quarter sales were up 67,000 vehicles, or 3 percent, compared with sales of 2.19 million in the first quarter 2006. “GM posted record sales in the first quarter, driven by exceptionally strong demand in emerging markets,” said John Middlebrook, GM vice president, global sales, service and marketing operations. “We saw more than 20 percent growth in the Asia/Pacific region and had 17 percent growth in the Latin America, Africa and Middle East region. We’re also very pleased to see 6 percent growth in Europe where we sold more than a half-million vehicles and established a new sales record.”
Autoblog – gulp – April 24
With the first quarter of 2007 in the books, Toyota has emerged as the world’s top auto seller — for the time being, at least. The Japanese giant beat GM on the global level for the first time ever, selling 2.348 million cars to the General’s 2.26 million. This story is far from over, however, as we fully expect the next three quarters to turn in to a full-fledged slugfest between the two automakers.Toyota will continue to do what it’s been doing and GM’s global product renaissance will likewise continue to see more new and/or improved vehicles enter the marketplace around the world.
I don’t know what Toyota sells most of in the US, which is the key market in which they’ve cut the General’s lawn. Here in Australia, though, the biggest selling car is the Toyota Corolla.
Whilst not-so-small anymore, the very notion that a 4-banger could lead the country where Falcons and Commodores are king seems preposterous. But I guess that’s they way the world’s heading. Smaller, more economical and reliable.
Anyone know of a company with great mid-size cars and brilliant 4 cylinder technology that’s in need of some more investment?
Actually, as I was pondering this post it occurred to me….
2.26 million vehicles in three months.
4.1 million vehicles in 60 years.