Duabi: GMC closed out a solid year of global sales performance with a 3 percent increase in total sales year over year and 1 percent increase in retail sales year over year, for 2017.
Testament to the brand’s strong product lines, GMC sales in the Middle East were up by 26% at the end of 2017 versus 2016 results, with the Sierra, Terrain, Yukon, and Yukon XL
model results highlighted a growing demand in the region for trucks and SUVs.
GMC achieved an all-time record Denali sales volume in 2017 — roughly one-third (29
percent) of GMC vehicles sold worldwide were Denali, GMC’s highest trim. The pinnacle of
design, performance and amenities, Denali also had its best month ever in December with
39 percent sales penetration. Four models achieved 30 percent or more in Denali sales for
the year: Sierra HD (50 percent), Yukon XL (63 percent), Yukon (54 percent) and Acadia
“GMC had an outstanding year and continued to demonstrate its strong position in the
broader GM portfolio,” said Duncan Aldred, vice president, Global GMC.
“We introduced an all-new Terrain in a competitive and quickly growing segment, increased demand for the Denali sub-brand, and consistently delivered premium trucks and SUVs to our loyal and new customers who we know seek top quality and excellent value for their money.”
Commenting on the Middle East’s results, Sajed Sbeih, Head of Brand for GMC Middle East
said, “The end of 2017 gave us some impressive results that were helped by the arrival of
the all-new Terrain which has had a very positive reception in the market. These record sales volumes have also been boosted by the growing strength of the GMC brand in the
region. By further aligning our brand’s core values of living life to a higher standard and the
introduction of the ‘Like a Pro’ campaign, under the tagline ‘We are Professional Grade’, our
connection to the customer has been further bolstered and has yielded improved results.”
In 2017, quality was a top reason for purchase, with exterior styling as the second highest
reason for customers. The GMC portfolio is regularly honored with awards for quality and
customer loyalty. Most recently, GMC received the J.D. Power 2017 Initial Quality Study –
Best in Segment for Terrain and J.D. Power 2017 Vehicle Dependability Study – Top three in
Segment for Terrain, Yukon and Sierra HD. Additionally, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety honored the Acadia with the 2017 IIHS Top Safety Pick award when equipped with
the optional Driver Alert Package II. Yukon Denali XL also received a Loyalty Award from
SUVs were the highlight of 2017 for GMC, starting with the NAIAS reveal of the all-new 2018 Terrain. GMC also saw the reveal of the enhanced 2018 Yukon Denali, featuring a new
10-speed transmission and interior design elements; the 2018 Yukon Denali Ultimate Black
Edition; and the 2018 Acadia All Terrain with an available third-row option. GMC also celebrated selling its one millionth Denali since the premium-luxe trim launched with the
GMC Yukon in 1999.