General Motors' highest-volume brand Chevrolet has posted its best-ever global full-year sales. The brand reported selling 4.76 million vehicles worldwide last year. Chevrolet carried total GM global sales to over 9 million vehicles, a 7.6% gain versus 2010. Chevrolet says it now sells 60% of its vehicles outside the U.S. market.
The automaker ended the year with 11.9% of the global vehicle industry, per a company release, which reported that GM sales were up in North America, South America, Europe and International Operations. The company says more than 15 markets posted record Chevrolet sales last year. The biggest increases were Peru (up 81%), Vietnam (up 79%), and Thailand (up 57%).
General Motors says the strongest market for Chevrolet last year was, of course, the U.S., which grabs the lion's share of pickup trucks and larger vehicles. The GM division says it sold 1,775,812 vehicles in the U.S. last year, up more than 13% from 2010.
China accounted for 595,068 Chevrolet vehicles sold, a 9.5% increase over the prior year. General Motors said that in China it increased sales 8.3% year-over-year to 2,547,203 vehicles (with the help of partners there). In the U.S., the company sold 2,503,820 vehicles -- up 13%.
South America and North America are the regions where General Motors has its largest share of market, about 18% in both. In Europe the automaker has only 8.8% of the market.
Global vehicles under the Chevy brand are now Cruze, Sonic, the Spark, which is coming to the U.S. market, and the redesigned Malibu, also rolling out. The Orlando crossover and Colorado mid-sized pickup are also global platforms.
Chevrolet posted global Cruze sales over 670,000, making it the best-selling global vehicle for the brand.