FRANKFURT -- General Motors has boosted its market share in Europe to above 9.2 percent in January and February combined from 8.7 percent in the first two months of 2004, GM said Wednesday.
"Over 9.2 for January/February 2005 means a climb of more than 0.5 percentage points," a spokesman at GM's European headquarters said, citing provisional figures.
GM's Opel/Vauxhall and Chevrolet brands each accounted for about half of the gain, he said. The figures reflect sales in Russia and central Asian republics, he said.
GM Europe Chairman Fritz Henderson told reporters at last week's Geneva car show that the company expected to gain market share in Europe again this year, with particular strength for its growing Chevrolet and Cadillac brands.
GM now markets Korean-made cars made by its GM Daewoo venture as Chevrolets in Europe. Chevrolet aims to generate more than 200,000 unit sales in Europe this year, up from 190,000 last year.
GM will build a mid-sized Cadillac designed specifically for Europe in Sweden next year.