• More than 1.3m units sold in record second quarter
  • Small car line attracting new US customers to the brand, sales up nearly 25% over 2012
  • GM sales up nearly 4% in first half

General Motors' top selling brand Chevrolet sold a record 2.5m vehicles around the world in the first six months of 2013, up 1.4% over the same period in 2012, and achieved its 11th straight quarter of increased sales on the strength of new products like the Onix subcompact car in Brazil, Impala full-size sedan in the US and Colorado midsize pickup in Southeast Asia.

Overall, GM posted sales of more than 4.85m in the first half of 2013, an increase of nearly 4%.

"Chevrolet is in the midst of the most aggressive new product roll-out in the brand's history," said Alan Batey, senior vice president of Global Chevrolet. "The continued sales growth around the world is a result of a focused effort."

In the US, the small car line continues to attract new customers to the brand. Sales of the Sonic, Spark, Cruze and Volt combined were up nearly 25% in the first half of 2013. Full size truck sales also increased 23% over the same period and dealers are delivering the new Silverado at a rapid pace, averaging only 10 days on dealer lots.

Sales in China rose 6.1% to more than 322,000 units, fueled by strong sales of the Sail, Cruze, Malibu and Captiva.

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Chevrolet delivers record global sales in first half of 2013


  • More than 1.3 million units sold in best-ever second quarter
  • Small-car lineup attracting new U.S. customers to the brand, sales up nearly 25percent over 2012
  • GM sales up nearly 4 percent in the first six months of the year

DETROIT - Chevrolet sold a record 2.5 million vehicles around the world in the first six months of 2013, up 1.4 percent over the same period in 2012, and achieved its 11th straight quarter of increased sales on the strength of new products like the Onix subcompact car in Brazil, Impala full-size sedan in the U.S. and Colorado midsize pickup in Southeast Asia.

Overall, General Motors Co. posted sales of more than 4.85 million in the first half of 2013, an increase of nearly 4 percent over the same period in 2012.

"Chevrolet is in the midst of the most aggressive new product roll-out in the brand's history," said Alan Batey, senior vice president of Global Chevrolet. "The continued sales growth around the world is a result of a focused effort to strengthen Chevrolet's presence in developing markets as well as its relationship with consumers by offering the right products, technologies, and world-class customer service."

In the U.S., Chevrolet's small car lineup continues to attract new customers to the brand. Sales of the SonicSpark,Cruze and Volt combined were up nearly 25 percent in the first half of 2013. Full-size truck sales also increased 23 percent over the same period and dealers are delivering the all-new Silverado to eager consumers at a rapid pace, averaging only 10 days on dealer lots.

Chevrolet sales in China rose 6.1 percent to more than 322,000 units, fueled by strong sales of the Sail, Cruze, Malibu and Captiva.

The top five Chevrolet sales markets in the first six months of 2013 were:

Market

First Half of 2013

% Change

United States

1.02 million

5.6

China

322,000

6.1

Brazil

305,000

5.1

Mexico

91,000

15.7

Russia

80,200

(16.1)

GM first-half 2013 sales in North America were up nearly 8 percent and nearly 7 percent throughout its International Operations. GM achieved a sales record in China with a 10.6 percent increase to 1,567,392 units.

General Motors Global Sales Summary:

 

 

Units

2013

Units

2012

% Change

% of Industry

2013

% of Industry

2012

North America

1,641,717

1,524,495

7.7

17.2

17.0

Europe

797,333

853,059

(6.5)

8.4

8.5

South America

496,719

501,510

(1.0)

17.2

18.2

International Operations*

1,917,079

1,790,853

7.0

9.4

9.3

Total Global

4,852,848

4,669,917

3.9

11.5

11.4

 

Original source: Chevrolet

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