General Motors, the largest US automaker and the third biggest in the world, has delivered 7.2 million units across the globe during the January through September period, which is one percent lower compared to the same period last year.
The lower worldwide sales have been mostly attributed to its decision to almost completely exit the Russian market and the continued difficulties in South America. “Our unwavering focus on the customer is paying off in our largest and most important markets as we execute one successful launch after another in the right segments,” commented GM President Dan Ammann. So far we are unable to see if the figures compare favorable or negatively to its larger peers Volkswagen and Toyota because both the German and the Japanese companies have not disclosed their global deliveries through the first nine months of the year. After the first six months, Volkswagen had become the No.1 automaker in the world with 5.04 million autos to Toyota’s 5.02 million vehicles, while GM was rather far back with 4.86 million autos.
GM’s main areas of positive results were the North American region and particularly the United States. For example, light truck deliveries in the region jumped 16 percent, Chevrolet sales of crossovers and SUVs also grew by 17 percent in North America while Cadillac managed to increase by 12 percent its overall sales even as Chinese deliveries declined four consecutive months. But the global race to lead the worldwide sales have been clouded by the recent revelation that its new leader – Germany’s VW AG – had cheated on US diesel emissions tests, also admitting the illegal software was actually installed in 11 million cars sold across the globe, sending shockwaves throughout the entire industry.