Dan Ammann, president of General Motors, said that recent results tentatively showed that the current recall crisis beleaguering the carmaker has had no "measurable impact" on sales. Ammann said on the sidelines of the Beijing auto show that GM gained retail share in March and their performance this month had a “pretty decent start."
The carmaker saw its light-vehicle sales in the United States surge 4-percent in March to 256,047 units, thanks to strong sales performance of its full-sized pickups – but was still below the 6-percent volume growth posted by the US auto industry.
GM also saw its retail sales surge 7 percent in the month, helping it gain retail market share in the US. Ammann stated he couldn't dismiss the possibility of an impact from the recall crisis, which started in February with the recall of 778,600 Chevrolet Cobalts and Pontiac G5s.
The crisis has now involved around 2.6 million vehicles around the world. He said that as of now, it is difficult to pinpoint an impact. Aside from GM, other large carmakers also failed to match the overall US growth, with Ford Motor Co. gaining only 3 percent and American Honda dropping 2 percent. [source: automotive news - sub. required]