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GM relies on Mideast to achieve record Chevrolet sales

Global head of Chevrolet, Alan Batey has said General Motors expects sales of Chevrolet vehicles this year to reach five million for the first time in GM's 100-year history, spurred in part by growth in the Middle East, Bloomberg has reported. "When I look out and think about where we need to take the brand, the Middle East is a significant part of that opportunity," Batey told the news service in Dubai. Political unrest hasn't hurt GM's sales in the Middle East, where it expects continued growth, according to president and managing director of the company's operations in the region, John Stadwick. "Is there concern today with what's happening in Syria? I'd say probably more so in the Levant countries than maybe GCC countries. We've not seen a downturn," Stadwick told reporters.