GM's global sales rise 2% to 2.42 million in Q1

General Motors' China sales rose 13 percent to 919,114.

DETROIT (Bloomberg) -- General Motors Co. said global vehicle sales rose 2 percent to 2.42 million during the first quarter. Increasing deliveries in China helped make up for declines in the United States and Brazil.

GM sold 2,416,028 cars and trucks in the first three months of the year, the company said today in a statement. That compares with 2.36 million during the same period a year ago, Jim Cain, a GM spokesman, said in an e-mail.

“We are very encouraged by our results in China, where we outperformed the industry, and in Europe, where Opel’s sales and the economic outlook are improving at the same time,” President Dan Ammann said in the statement.

GM, the world’s biggest car company by vehicle sales in 2011, slipped to third last year behind Toyota Motor Corp. and Volkswagen AG.

VW’s first-quarter global deliveries rose 6 percent to 2.4 million compared to a year ago, the automaker said on April 11. Those figures don’t include two truck units. In January, VW issued a tally for its 2013 results that included sales from the MAN SE and Scania AB heavy-truck units to edge out GM as the second-largest automaker by sales with 9.73 million deliveries last year. GM sold 9.71 million vehicles in 2013.

GM said first-quarter sales fell in the U.S. by 2 percent to 649,637 vehicles and in Brazil by 3 percent to 136,912 in Brazil. China sales rose 13 percent to 919,114, the company said, reiterating results released April 4. Deliveries in Europe rose 1 percent to 337,545. In South America, they fell 10 percent.

GM did not comment on its performance in North America. But its sales challenges in the region during the quarter included the coldest winter weather in decades as well as a cascading safety crisis that has forced the automaker to recall 2.6 million compact cars.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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