General Motors of Canada Limited

General Motors of Canada Limited

June 02, 2009 13:40 ET

GM Canada May 2009 Sales Results

(Data is not adjusted for the difference in selling days; May 2009 had 26 selling days vs. May 2008 with 27 selling days)

OSHAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 2, 2009) - General Motors of Canada dealers delivered 31,784 vehicles in May, down 12.4 per cent over a year ago. Sales momentum continues to build month to month, as May sales were up 6.3 per cent over April sales. GM Canada also continues to maintain its sales leadership position calendar year to date.

"As we move forward with the reinvention of GM Canada, customers can confidently continue to purchase and service their vehicles and take full advantage of GM's leading warranty coverage," said Marc Comeau, GM of Canada's vice-president of sales, service and marketing. "We stand by our commitment to continue to focus on our customers and stand behind our world-class vehicles."

Comeau added, "It was a strong sales month for our Canadian- built vehicles. The Chevrolet Equinox and Pontiac Torrent built in Ingersoll Ontario recorded their best sales month ever, up 94 per cent. Building on this strong sales momentum, the all new 2010 Equinox arrives at Chevrolet dealers this summer, delivering the best highway fuel consumption of any vehicle in its segment. Comeau continued, "Customer enthusiasm continues for the new 2010 Chevrolet Camaro, as the Oshawa Car Plant has recently added overtime to keep up with consumer demand. As quickly as Camaros are arriving at dealerships, they are being delivered to our customers."

Sales Highlights:

- Strong demand continues for our award-winning Mid-Crossover Utilities which were recently awarded the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety's (IIHS) "Top Safety Pick for 2009."

- The new Chevrolet Traverse, GMC Acadia, and Buick Enclave drove a 71.8 per cent sales increase in the mid-size utility segment.

- The Chevrolet Silverado & GMC Sierra pickups combined for a sales increase of almost 58 per cent over last May.



GENERAL MOTORS OF CANADA SALES

MONTH OF MAY 2009

2009 2008 % CHG

TOTAL CARS 12,168 20,266 -40.0%
TOTAL TRUCKS 19,616 16,011 +22.5%
COMBINED VEHICLES 31,784 36,277 -12.4%

CALENDAR YEAR-TO-DATE: May 31st, 2009

2009 2008 % CHG

TOTAL CARS 40,925 80,328 -49.1%
TOTAL TRUCKS 71.232 78,037 -8.7%
COMBINED VEHICLES 112,157 158,365 -29.2%


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 9,000 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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