Chevrolet Hits Half-Year Sales Record
General Motors said the division sold 286,499 more vehicles in the first half of 2011 than the same time period of 2010, a 14% increase year-over-year. Chevrolet also set record first-half sales in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, China, Colombia, Denmark, Ecuador, France, South Africa, and Turkey.
In the U.S., sales are up 16% following nine consecutive months of year-over-year sales increases. In Brazil sales are up 0.4%; in China, sales climbed 15% to set the brand's best first-half results ever.
The company attributes gains to the Chevrolet Cruze compact car, Spark mini car, all-new Aveo/Sonic small car, and Orlando MPV.
Chevrolet said it sold more than 330,000 Cruzes worldwide during the first half of 2011, a 132% increase over the same time period a year ago. Much of that growth, per the company, came from China and the United States, where Cruze was the best-selling passenger car in the country in June.
Cruze has sold more than 800,000 units worldwide and is on track to exceed 1 million before the end of 2012 according to GM.
Coming soon is the redesigned Malibu mid-size car, and Colorado compact pickup, which will go on sale later this year.