Famous automotive company General Motors Corp.. announced in the press release that has been debut a new record in vehicle sales in the Asia Pacific Year 2008. Sales in this region grew 2.7 percent compared to a year ago to be 1,475,093 units. More than 766,400 vehicles and 599,080 sets of complete knockdown (CKD) has been exported from this region to the world
"GM once again make the market more Asia-Pacific achievement despite a decrease in global economic and credit problems, which will affect most of the market and the large car in the second year in 2008," said Nick Reilly, GM Group Vice President and President of GM Asia Pacific. "We have benefited from the increase in demand of our products in the developing regions."
In China, domestic sales and the GM companies growing 6.1 percent patungannya with record 1,094,561 units. GM has led to increased demand for products from Chevrolet and Wuling, which recorded sales of 15.7 percent to 199,155 units and 17.4 percent to 606,499 units. Wuling Sunshine minivan from SAIC-GM joint venture company owned by GM to become the first vehicles in China through a number of sales 400,000 units a year.
Figures GM sales in India increased by as much as 9.4 percent to 65,702 units in 2008, a new record for the GM. GM once again leads with the Chevrolet Spark mini-car, which was approximately 48 percent of sales. This is also supported with the start of regular production in two factories owned by GM in India, the factory with a capacity of 140,000 units, in September.
GM also increased in some countries members of the ASEAN sub-region. GM noted the increase in Indonesia and the Philippines respectively to be 2610 units and 2400 units. In Vietnam, GM car sales jumped 45.6 percent to 11,037 units, a new record sales for GM in these countries.
In South Korea, GM Daewoo and GM contributed to sales of 117,374 units. GM Daewoo will remain a major source of vehicles all over the world. The company exported 1,788,568 vehicles and CKD in the year 2008 to other countries in the Asia Pacific region and other countries around the world, and re-record a new record for GM Daewoo.
In Australia, GM sold 132,555 vehicles in 2008. Holden Commodore is a passenger Kendaraan terlaris in Australia for 13 consecutive years. GM Holden, the GM in Australia, announced plans in December to create a new small car next to the Commodore at the Elizabeth plant in South Australia.
GM saw sales in Japan grew 32 percent to 10,865 vehicles in the year 2008. Benefit from GM's premium brand strategy is, where is the preferred choice in the products from the Cadillac, Saab and HUMMER. "GM remains optimistic with the future in the Asia Pacific region," said Reilly. "We keep investing in the developing and the market that has been established to ensure the continuation of our development in one of the world's most" ferment "."
In 2008, GM began the program with the launch of the long-term product, with the main menggelintirkan models such as Chevrolet Captiva in India, Holden VE Sportwagon in Australia, Chevrolet Colorado CNG in Thailand, GM Daewoo Lacetti Premiere in Korea and New Buick Regal in China. To keep in line with demand, GM start regular production in Talegaon factory in India. In China, SAIC-GM-Wuling complete factory capacity of Qingdao and the Phase 2 plant in the western part of Liuzhou, in the same factory during the second property of Shanghai GM (Shenyang) Norsom Motors opened.
In addition, the launch of GM engine factory in India and Thailand, a base for the Asia Pacific Headquarters in Shanghai and China, launched a clean energy program in the ASEAN, China and Australia, and start building a new engine factory SAIC-GM-Wuling in Qingdao, China