Chevrolet sets global vehicles sales record in 2011
Chevrolet Cruze is the best-selling Chevrolet nameplate around the world
Chevrolet sold 4.76 million vehicles around the world in 2011
setting a global sales record and driving General Motors Co. global
sales to more than 9 million vehicles, a 7.6% gain compared with
GM gained four-tenths of a point of market share to 11.9 percent
of the global vehicle industry. Sales were up in all four reporting
regions – North America, South America, Europe and International
Operations – as GM sold a total of 9,025,942 vehicles compared with
8,385,484 in 2010.
The United States led the way for Chevrolet with total vehicle
sales of 1,775,812 up more than 13% from 2010. China posted record
sales of 595,068, up 9.5% from the previous year. Other markets that
posted significant year-over-year increases include Vietnam (79%),
Russia (49%), Turkey (30%) and Germany (21%).
"Chevrolet's impressive growth in both established and
developing markets is the result of a strong new product lineup
that meets the diverse needs of consumers around the world,"
said GM Chairman and CEO Dan Akerson. "In addition to
Chevrolet's record setting sales, the entire lineup of GM vehicles is
meeting customer needs for fuel-efficient cars and work vehicles as
well as unmatched luxury."
Chevrolet is building its global presence by delivering cars like
the Cruze, Aveo (Sonic) and Spark, the all new midsize global Malibu,
and crossovers and trucks like the Orlando and Colorado that are
designed for the varied driving conditions and customer preferences
around the world.
The Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan led the brand with global sales
of more than 670,000 in 2011, making it the best-selling Chevrolet
nameplate around the world with more than 1.13 million sold since its
launch in 2009. In the United States, Chevrolet was the best selling
passenger car brand in 2011, thanks in large part to the success of
More than 15 markets experienced record Chevrolet sales in 2011
with the largest year-over-year increases in Peru (81%), Vietnam
(79%), Thailand (57%), South Africa (50%)and Israel (46%).
"Without doubt the new Chevrolet portfolio has been a
catalyst for our success around the world," said Tim Lee,
president of GM International Operations. "The launch of the
Chevrolet brand in South Korea along with tremendous growth in China
and across the rest of our international operations is proof that
Chevrolet is becoming a first choice for customers around the globe.
As Chevrolet enters its second century, it continues to become a
more global brand, with more than 60 percent of its sales outside the
"In 2012, we will continue to expand our range with even more
great vehicles as we pursue further growth in our key markets,"
On a corporate basis, GM's two largest markets in 2011 were China,
where GM and its joint venture partners increased sales 8.3%
year-over-year to 2,547,203 vehicles, and the United States, where GM
sold 2,503,820 vehicles, up 13.0% compared with 2010. GM is the
market leader in both countries.
Note: Iran, North Korea, Syria and Sudan are excluded from sales
volume and market share calculations