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GM says Nov. European car sales rose 4.8 percent from a year ago

Thursday, December 07, 2006
GM says Nov. European car sales rose 4.8 percent from a year ago
Associated Press

FRANKFURT, Germany -- General Motors Corp. said Thursday sales of its cars in Europe rose 4.8 percent last month compared to the same month last year.

With 31,296 vehicles sold in November, its Chevrolet division increased its sales by 32 percent. Some 11,012 Chevrolets were sold in Russia.

Opel/Vauxhall sold 127,994 cars in November, up 1 percent from the 126,871 sold in November 2005, led in part by sales of its Corsa model.

Sales in the January-November period rose nearly 1 percent to 1.85 million vehicles compared to 1.83 million in the first 11 months of 2005.

Much of the increase was the result of demand from Russian consumers for brands such as Opel. In the January-November period, GM said it sold a record 117,745 cars in Russia, or 72 percent more than it sold in the year-ago period.

GM's Saab unit sold 82,915 cars in the 11-month period, up 11.4 percent from a year ago, and 6,163 cars in Europe during November.

In the January-November period, Chevrolet sold 310,389 vehicles, up 15 percent from last year while Opel/Vauxhall sold 1.4 million cars.

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