General Motors says Mideast car sales accelerate

Automaker reports 22% rise in UAE vehicle sales during April despite storm over safety recalls

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General Motors Middle East says its regional car sales rose in April, despite a public-relations storm over global safety recalls.

The automaker says it witnessed the “fourth consecutive year of growth in April vehicle sales” during the month, compared with the same period last year.

Sales in Bahrain rose by 69 percent, while there were 27 percent more sales in Kuwait, 22 percent more in the UAE and 12 percent more in Oman, the company said in an emailed statement.

It did not release actual figures for the number of vehicles sold.

“Of course we’re pleased to see such growth across the region and such strong performance in key markets,” says GM Middle East President and Managing Director, Maurice Williams.

GM makes Chevrolet, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.

The firm is currently locked in a public relations crisis surrounding the recall of millions of vehicles over a deadly ignition defect.

The Detroit-headquartered company told Al Arabiya in March that cars in the Middle East are part of one tranche of the massive global recall. Thousands of vehicles are being recalled in Saudi Arabia, it was reported in April.

The company’s global chief executive has admitted that the company fell short in catching faulty ignition switches linked to several deaths.