Editors note: An earlier headline on this story gave an incorrect time frame for GMs 20 percent sales decline.
MUNICH -- General Motors Europes new-car sales fell 20 percent to 471,823 in the second quarter compared with a decline of 18 percent for the industry, the carmaker said on Thursday.
Sales of Opel/Vauxhall were 347,330 while Chevrolet sold 115,526 cars in the quarter, the carmaker said. GM had a European market share of 9.2 percent.
GM is selling a majority stake in Opel/Vauxhall. Magna International is the carmakers preferred bidder, but GM also is talking with Chinas Beijing Automotive Industry Corp.
European sales of Opel and Chevrolet were helped by a hugely successful government scrappage scheme in Germany, which is encouraging buyers to visit showrooms despite the economic recession.
Opels German sales were up 45 percent, giving the brand Opel its best sales quarter in Germany since 2000. The Opel Corsa was the segment leader in the country in the second quarter, GM said.
Chevrolet's second-quarter sales of 115,526 cars gave it a record European market share of 2.3 percent, GM said. Chevrolet sales were up 43 percent in Germany, (102 percent in France and by 120 percent in Turkey.