General Motors of Canada Limited

General Motors of Canada Limited

May 01, 2009 15:41 ET

GM Canada April 2009 Sales Results

(Data is not adjusted for the difference in selling days; April 2009 had 25 selling days vs. April 2008 with 26 selling days)

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 1, 2009) - For April 2009, General Motors of Canada dealers delivered 29,800 units maintaining its monthly and yearly sales leadership position and posting an impressive 16% improvement over March sales.

"As we continue to transform our business into a stronger, leaner and more viable automaker, customers should feel confident that it's a great time to buy a new GM vehicle," said Marc Comeau GM of Canada's vice-president of sales, service and marketing.

Comeau added, "Our dealers continue to offer a broad range of high-quality, fuel-efficient cars, trucks and crossovers at tremendous value for customers including our newly launched 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, and outstanding vehicles such as the award winning Chevrolet Malibu and Cadillac CTS. This summer, we are looking forward to the arrival of the all new 2010 Buick Allure and Canadian built Chevrolet Equinox which have the best fuel economy in their segments.

GM Canada continues to offer Canada's Total Confidence Package launched in early March which has been well received and is driving showroom traffic. The program includes three years no charge maintenance, two years XM satellite radio and OnStar, all backed by the best coverage in Canada.

As well, the Federal Government's announcement of the Canadian Warranty Commitment Program is providing consumers with renewed confidence on newly purchased GMCL vehicles.

Sales Highlights:

- The all new Chevrolet Traverse Crossover continues a positive sales trend and was recently named a Consumer's Digest Best Buy, boasting the best highway fuel consumption of any 8 passenger CUV/SUV.

- GM posted another outstanding month for vans in April, with total sales up 99% vs. April 2008.

- Sales of the Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra large pickups were up 4.7% versus last April - making this GM's strongest pickup sales month since August 2008. With segment leading 4x4 fuel economy and exclusive technology like standard OnStar, Canadians continue to see great value in our trucks.


2009 2008 % CHG
TOTAL CARS 10,283 20,542 -49.9%
TOTAL TRUCKS 19,517 18,442 +5.8%
COMBINED VEHICLES 29,800 38,984 -23.6%

CALENDAR YEAR-TO-DATE: April 30th, 2009
2009 2008 % CHG
TOTAL CARS 28,757 60,022 -52.1%
TOTAL TRUCKS 51,680 62,079 -16.8%
COMBINED VEHICLES 80,437 122,141 -34.1%

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 12,000 people nationwide. GM of Canada manufactures vehicles, vehicle powertrains, and markets the full range of General Motors vehicles and related services through approximately 700 dealerships and retailers across Canada. Vehicles sold through this network include Chevrolet, Buick, Pontiac, GMC, Saturn, Hummer, Saab and Cadillac.

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