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GM Claims Global Sales Crown

Chevrolet sets all-time record on booming overseas demand.

by on Jan.19, 2012

Strong global demand for the Chevrolet Cruze helped propel GM to the top of the automotive heap.

Less than three years after emerging from bankruptcy General Motors is positioned to once again be the world’s number one automaker, with sales for 2011 totaling 9.03 million.  Its largest brand Chevrolet, meanwhile, reported an all-time record of 4.76 million sales to close out its 100th anniversary.

GM’s victory celebration will have to wait for Toyota to confirm its 2011 numbers.  The Japanese giant had toppled its U.S. rival as global king-of-the-hill three years ago but it lost 100s of thousands of units of production in 2011 due to the impact of the March 11 Japanese earthquake and tsunami.

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For the first three quarters of last year, Toyota deliveries were off 8.8%, to 5.77 million, and though it had hoped to pick up lost momentum in the fourth quarter its plans were again set back by subsequent flooding in Thailand.  Preliminary figures suggest it will end 2011 with 7.9 million sales, down about 6% for the full year.


Chevy Sets 100-Year Sales Record

Maker moves 2.35 million vehicles in first-half 2011.

by on Jul.20, 2011

Chevy sets an all-time sales record.

Bankruptcy be damned, it seems.  Almost exactly two years after its parent, General Motors, emerged from Chapter 11 Chevrolet says it set an all-time record with sales for the first half of 2011 reaching 2.35 million.

Of course, when it was founded, a century ago, Chevy wasn’t moving metal in 120 different countries.  The new record – which tops the previous peak by a solid 286,499 cars, trucks and crossovers – was buoyed by all-time bests in a number of those markets, including Brazil, China, France and South Africa.

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Here in the U.S., meanwhile, Chevrolet sales are up 16% for the January-June period, the lead GM division posting nine consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains.

“We will continue to work at bringing new customers to the Chevy family – no matter where they live,” proclaimed GM’s global marketing czar, Joel Ewanick, in a company announcement.