GM Korea-March sales

SEOUL, April 1 (Yonhap) -- GM Korea Co., the local unit of U.S. automaker General Motors Co., said Monday that its March sales increased 1.8 percent from a year earlier due to robust sales at home and abroad.

GM Korea sold 78,203 vehicles in March, compared with 76,823 units sold a year earlier, the company said in a statement. The figure represents a 33.5 percent jump from February.

Domestic sales dipped 4.2 percent from the same period last year to 12,968 vehicles. Still, it represents a 30 percent hike from 9,973 vehicles sold in February. The company said exports increased 3.1 percent on-year to 65,235 units.

GM Korea also said it exported 133,284 complete knockdown (CKD) kits of parts and components to be assembled into vehicles, up 0.1 percent from a year ago.

GM Korea said it benefited from strong sales in both domestic and overseas markets as its Chevrolet brand celebrated its second anniversary in South Korea.

"Our sales are being driven by the high level of recognition among consumers for our new products such as the Chevrolet Trax," said Ankush Arora, GM Korea vice president in charge of vehicle sales, service and marketing.

The company unveiled the new Chevrolet Trax global small sport utility vehicle in February in a bid to strengthen its presence in the SUV segment in South Korea.

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