General Motors Co. said Thursday that it sold nearly 2.4 million vehicles globally in the third quarter, up 5.5 percent over the same three months in 2012, helping the company to sell more than 7.25 million vehicles through the first nine months of 2013.
The Detroit automakerís global sales through the third quarter are up 4.6 percent from the same period a year ago. Sales in North America for the first nine months of the year are up 7.3 percent, International Operations sales are up 7.5 percent, while sales in Europe are down 2.4 percent and sales in South America fell 2.1 percent.
The Detroit automaker said its third-quarter sales totaled 808,000 vehicles in North America, up 6.5 percent. Sales in Europe rose 4.2 percent, sales for its International Operations were up 8.4 percent and sales in South America fell 4.2 percent in the year-over-year period.
GM also said its Chevrolet brand sold a record nearly 1.25 million vehicles globally in the third quarter, up 0.6 percent from the same three months in 2012. The Chevy brand hit its 12th consecutive quarter of year-over-year sales growth.
Third quarter sales for GMís largest brand hit 478,000 in the U.S, its largest market, and were up 4.2 percent from the same months in 2012. Chevrolet sales in Brazil of 171,000 fell 6.6 percent, while sales in China were down 1.1 percent, sales in Russia fell 18.7 percent and sales in Mexico rose 7.8 percent in the comparison period.