Robust sales of trucks and sport-utility vehicles pushed global sales at General Motors Co. to 9.8 million vehicles in 2015, up 0.2 percent.
It was the Detroit automaker’s third consecutive year of record sales.
Still, GM trails Toyota Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG for the global sales crown. Toyota says it expects to have topped 10 million in vehicle sales last year. Volkswagen reported earlier this month it sold 9.9 million autos in 2015.
China and North America were GM’s strongest markets.
“GM continued to grow in 2015 as our focus on the customer and successful new vehicle launches more than offset the challenging conditions in South America and the curtailment of our presence in certain markets such as Russia,” said Dan Ammann, GM’s president.
Deliveries in North America rose 6 percent in 2015 to 3.6 million cars, trucks and crossovers.
In the U.S., GM’s sales rose 5 percent to 3.1 million vehicles, helped by models such as the Chevrolet Silverado and Colorado, the GMC Sierra, and record crossover deliveries.
The automaker sold 940,000 full- and mid-size pickup trucks in the U.S. last year. Ford, the next largest pickup seller, sold 780,000 – all from its F-Series line. However, the F-Series was the single best selling vehicle of any type in the U.S. last year, outpacing the Silverado and the Toyota Camry family sedan.
In China, GM and its joint ventures delivered a record 3.6 million vehicles, up 5 percent from 2014. SUV sales rose 144 percent, thanks to new models such as the Buick Envision and Baojun 560.