Update (4:47 p.m. EST): Updated with closing price, day high and low prices, price change and volume information.
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- General Motors Co. (GM) rose 1.11% to $40.02, up 44 cents from its previous close of $39.58, at the close of the trading day on Tuesday after the American auto maker announced it sold 9.71 million cars last year.
The stock had a volume of 16,442,045, well below its average of 22,038,000. It hit a high of $40.16 and a low of $39.57 for the day.
That 9.71 million figure is likely not enough to surpass 2012 sales leader Toyota (TM), which will announce its sales figures next week. It does mean however, that GM outsold Volkswagen by about 200,000 units. Volkswagen said Monday it sold 9.5 million vehicles, a company record, in 2013.
GM stated that global sales of light vehicles grew 4% in 2013, driven mostly by growth in China and the United Kingdom. The company's sales in China climbed 11% last year to reach a new record, while U.S. sales increased 7%, slightly less than the market's growth of almost 8%.
Toyota sold 9.7 million cars and trucks in 2012 to retake the lead from GM, which sold the most vehicles in 2011 thanks in part to the earthquake and tsunami and Japan that ravaged Toyota's factories. GM had led auto sales for more than 70 years until Toyota overtook the American company in 2008.
Through the first nine months of 2013, Toyota sold 7.41 million vehicles, while GM sold 7.25 million vehicles.