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. It was the 11th straight quarter of increased sales.
New products like the Onix subcompact car in Brazil, which is based on the Gamma platform and is the successor to the Chevrolet Celta, helped lead the way.
The Impala full-size sedan in the U.S. also contributed strongly to sales.
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 rollout 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, Batey said. 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 consumers at a rapid pace, averaging only 10 days on dealer lots.
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.
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