GM’s Spokesman Announces First Half Sales Smaller that Toyota’s image

Jim Cain, GM’s spokesman, said in an e-mail that the company sold 4.67 million vehicles in the first half of 2012.

After selling 4.67 million vehicles in the first half of 2012, GM reached an increase from 4.54 million units sold in the first half of 2011. Cain also added that 70% of the US nameplates will be new or redesigned in 2012 and 2013.

“We are in the early days of the most aggressive roll out of new products in our history, which will help us press our advantage in the U.S. and China and grow profitably around the world,” Cain said in the e-mail.

It seems that Toyota managed to regain the first position in global sales, after it reported first-half sales of 4.97 million vehicles. This is unexpected news from a company that only last year was severely affected by the natural disasters in Japan and Thailand. The company managed to recover quickly and hit increased sales in the US and Japan, while its competitors, GM and Volkswagen struggles with the shrinking European market.

“It shows it’s a competitive world out there,” Rebecca Lindland, an industry analyst with IHS Automotive, said today in an e-mail. “Halfway through with a 300,000 unit or 7 percent difference in volume it means the two are running a tight race.”