General Motors of Canada Limited

General Motors of Canada Limited

August 01, 2008 15:17 ET

GM Canada July 2008 Sales Results

(Data is not adjusted for the difference in selling days; July 2008 had 26 selling days vs. July 2007 with 24 selling days)

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Aug. 1, 2008) - For July 2008, General Motors of Canada dealers delivered 33,893 units, up 5.2 % from a year ago.

"GM Canada's July sales continue to illustrate the ongoing shift toward cars and smaller crossovers and we have the vehicles and retail finance rates to satisfy that need," said Marc Comeau, GM of Canada's vice-president of sales, service, and marketing. "GM's family of fuel efficient vehicles including the Pontiac G5 and G6, Chevrolet Cobalt and Malibu were hot sellers showing strong growth for the month."

Comeau added, "GM sells more cars in Canada than any other manufacturer. Consequently, we are very well positioned in the Canadian market and will continue to be so with 18 of our next 19 launches being cars or crossover vehicles."

July Sales Highlights

- Chevrolet Malibu, the 2008 North American Car of the Year, continues to see strong sales, up significantly for the seventh consecutive month, up 85.8% over the previous year and an increase of 97.4% calendar year to date

- The fuel efficient Pontiac G6 sales were up 16% vs July 2007

- New crossover vehicles, the GMC Acadia and Buick Enclave, were up 54.6% and 28.2% for the month. July 2008 was the second best Enclave sales month since its launch last year

- GM subcompact sales show positive increases for the year with Pontiac Wave sales increasing 19.1% and Chevrolet Aveo sales up 22.7% calendar year to date

- Saturn Vue sales were up 118.3% in July 08 when compared to July 07

- Cadillac posted the best July sales results since July 2005

- Cadillac CTS sales, the Motor Trend Car of the Year, were up 101.4% vs. July 2007


2008 2007 % CHG
TOTAL CARS 16,187 16,064 0.8%
TOTAL TRUCKS 17,706 16,141 9.7%
COMBINED VEHICLES 33,893 32,205 5.2%

CALENDAR YEAR-TO-DATE: July 31st, 2008
2008 2007 % CHG
TOTAL CARS 114,627 114,827 -0.2%
TOTAL TRUCKS 109,842 132,303 -17.0%
COMBINED VEHICLES 224,469 247,130 -9.2%

General Motors of Canada (GMCL) is engineering and manufacturing advanced environmental technologies ranging from Active Fuel Management (cylinder deactivation) and hybrid systems to E85 biofuel and fuel cell vehicles - more than any other auto company right here in Canada. Headquartered in Oshawa Ontario, GMCL employs more than 15,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada manufactures vehicles, vehicle powertrains, and markets the full range of General Motors vehicles and related services through 732 dealerships and retailers across Canada. Vehicles sold through this network include Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Saturn, Hummer, Saab and Cadillac.

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