GM Korea introduces Trax SUV to boost local sales

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GM Korea introduces Trax SUV to boost local sales

GM Korea on Monday added upgraded versions of the compact Trax sport utility vehicle to its lineup to boost lackluster sales here.

The Korean unit of General Motors has begun to take pre-orders of the 1.4-liter gasoline turbo-engine Trax SUV with a six-speed manual gearbox and the 1.6-liter diesel-powered model, GM Korea said in a statement.

The manual-based model has been added to offer the “fun of driving” to its customers who prefer recreational vehicles, the company said.

The demand for SUVs is on the rise in global markets as oil prices remain low and customers increasingly use more spacious SUVs to spend leisure time with families and friends.

The 1.4-liter Trax is available at between 17 million won and 24 million won and the 1.6-liter model carries a price tag of 21 million to 26 million won ($18,556 to 22,975).

GM Korea sold a total of 235,306 vehicles in the January-May period, down 6.8 percent from 252,435 units a year earlier. The decline was mainly due to a lack of new models and lower demand in major markets.

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