Chevrolet sold about 1.25m vehicles worldwide in the third quarter of 2012, a 3.1% increase over last year’s record-setting third quarter, marking the eighth consecutive quarter of record-breaking sales.

The Cruze remained the best-selling model with over 550,000 sold so far this year and over 1.65m sold since the car was launched in 2008. Sales of the Spark mini-car, launched earlier this year in the US, Aveo/SONIC small car and 2013 Malibu mid-size sedan are rising as more vehicles become available in dealer showrooms worldwide. The launch of the Colorado mid-size truck in Thailand has propelled the brand to monthly sales that far exceed the brand’s total in-country sales in 2011.

Chevrolet posted sales increases over the third quarter of last year in all of its top five markets including:

  • In the United States Chevrolet sold 458,721 vehicles in the quarter, an increase of 2.1%, led in large part by record sales of its passenger cars including best ever monthly sales for VOLT , Cruze, Sonic and Spark.
  • In China, Chevrolet sold 152,328 units in the quarter, an increase of 3.7%.
  • In Brazil, Chevrolet sales are on the rebound with more than 182,906 sold in the third quarter, up 13.5%. Later this month, the brand will introduce the all-new Onix, a small hatchback that will offer consumers easy-to-use connectivity through Chevrolet MyLink.
  • The momentum in Russia continues to build with the launch of 7 new products this year. Chevrolet sold 58,453 vehicles in the third quarter, an increase of 28.8%.
  • In Mexico, Chevrolet sold 44,387 vehicles in the quarter, an increase of 14.3%.

Planned launches in 2013 of 13 new or significantly updated models include the redesigned Impala, SILVERADO light-duty pickups and Holden-made SS rear wheel drive performance sedan.

European launches for 2013 include a new Chevrolet Korea-built Spark and Trax small SUV. That will be sold as a Buick Encore in the US and also as the Opel/Vauxhall Mokka (now word yet on a Holden version for Australia).

Chevrolet, traditionally an American brand, today books over 60% of its sales outside the US.

SWITZERLAND: Chevrolet YTD European sales up 2.3%