General Motors sales up 4% in 2013

Mary Barra at the Detroit Motor Show New boss Mary Barra has been attending the Detroit Motor Show

The world's second largest car manufacturer, General Motors, sold 9.71 million vehicles in 2013, an increase of 4% on the year before.

Sales in the US were up 7%, while in China and the UK they increased by 11%.

GM has been facing stiff competition from rival Volkswagen - the third biggest carmaker - and Toyota, which is the largest.

The company recently appointed Mary Barra as chief executive, the first female boss of a US carmaker.

General Motors is still the largest US auto firm, with Ford and Chrysler in second and third position.

The latest figures come after General Motors reported a fall in car sales in December 2013, in what was a disappointing month overall for the car industry in the US.

GM reported a 6.3% fall in sales compared with December 2012.

GM was bailed out by the US government in 2009 at the height of the financial crisis. The US Treasury spent $49.5bn, taking a 61% stake in the company.

However, at the end of 2013 the US government sold its remaining shares in GM. Overall, it lost about $10bn (£6bn) on the bailout.

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