General Motors sold a record 2.26 million cars and trucks around the world in the first quarter of 2007, according to preliminary sales figures released today. GM global first quarter sales were up 67,000 vehicles, or 3 percent, compared with sales of 2.19 million in the first quarter 2006. Global market share is estimated at 13.0 percent, compared with 13.1 percent a year ago. “GM posted record sales in the first quarter driven by exceptionally strong demand in emerging markets,” John Middlebrook, GM vice president, global sales, service and marketing operations, said today. “We saw more than 20 percent growth in the Asia/Pacific region and had 17 percent growth in the Latin America, Africa and Middle East region. “We’re also very pleased to see 6 percent growth in Europe where we sold more than a half-million vehicles and established a new sales record.” Chevrolet global sales of 1.04 million vehicles were up 4 percent compared with a year ago. The brand grew by 33 percent in Europe, 12 percent in Asia- Pacific and 19 percent in Latin America, Africa and the Middle East. Several of GM’s regional brands also experienced notable growth in the first quarter of 2007. Opel and Vauxhall sold 443,000 vehicles in the first quarter of the year. Vauxhall was up 6.3 percent and Opel was up about a half percent with 1,200 more vehicles sold this year under those nameplates compared with Q1 2006. The brands achieved segment leadership with Meriva and Zafira — in the monocab segment — and second position with Astra in the popular compact segment. General Motors Corp. has been the global industry sales leader for 76 years. Founded in 1908, GM today employs about 280,000 people around the world. With global headquarters in Detroit, GM manufactures its cars and trucks in 33 countries.