General Motors Company (GM) Looks to Russia for Increased Sales

In early March, Bloomberg reported that General Motor’s lead over Toyota in China widened by 7.9% with respect to sales gains. This is something that I would seriously consider. China is one of the largest car markets, and like Russia, it has a huge middle class population that views car ownership as a status symbol. If General Motors can beat Toyota, an Asian company, in China, it can certainly do a lot more in Russia. Meanwhile, Toyota is considering the possibility of temporarily suspending the construction of new factories and rather focus on investing in those that are already in operation. As part of its strategy, Toyota Motor (NYSE:TM) plans to suspend plans for the construction of new plants beyond those already announced. This year, the company expects to complete its two new factories in Thailand and Indonesia.

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General Motors Company (NYSE:GM) has a market cap of $46.93 billion and an enterprise value of $31.66 billion. Its profit margin is relatively low at 3.79%, but it has a huge revenue of $150 billion. The investments that are being made in Russia are vital to General Motors’ growth. With the crisis in developed countries, the solution seems to be to invest in emerging markets like Brazil, Russia and China. Of these three countries, Russia places a lot of importance on car ownership. This will provide immunity to General Motors even if the country’s economy is not in a very good shape. I anticipate Russians will continue to buy their favorite GM cars, and revenue will continue to rise.

The article General Motors Looks to Russia for Increased Sales originally appeared on and is written by Maxwell Fisher.

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