Chevrolet Delivers Record Global Sales in First Half of 2013

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 vehicles 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 Sonic, Spark, 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 nearly 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
% of Industry
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

GM North America = United States, Canada, Mexico and other North American markets
GM in Europe = Western, Central and Eastern Europe plus Russia/ CIS
GM International Operations = Asia-Pacific, Africa and the Middle East
* Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan are excluded from sales volume and market share calculations

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