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, the world's biggest carmaker said on Wednesday.
"Over 9.2 percent 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 around half of the gain, he said. The figures reflect sales across the continent, including 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 luxury 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 the 190,000 last year.
GM will start building a mid-size Cadillac designed specifically for European market in Sweden next year.