Chevrolet Sets Global Sales Record for 1st Half 2013


J.D. Power blog

General Motors’ flagship Chevrolet brand reports it delivered a record 2.5 million new vehicles worldwide in the first half of 2013, including U.S. sales increase.

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General Motors’ flagship Chevrolet brand this week said it delivered a record 2.5 million new vehicles worldwide in the first half of 2013—up a slight 1.4% vs. the same six-month period in 2012. Total deliveries for all GM brands in the first half were up nearly 4% from last year’s same period to 4.85 million units, from 4.67 million units a year ago.

J.D. Power data from the Power Information Network® (PIN) and strategic partner LMC Automotive indicates that Chevrolet’s U.S. deliveries on a selling-day adjusted basis rose 8.7% in the first half from last year, which was slightly ahead of the industry’s 8.4% increase. The brand’s share in the U.S. market edged up to 18.17% from 18.15% a year ago. Five of Chevrolet’s models ranked among the 20 best-sellers—respectively, include: Silverado, Cruze, Equinox, Impala and Malibu.

Chevrolet also achieved sales increases this year in China, its second-largest global sales market, with a 6.1% rise in first-half sales to nearly 322,000 units, which GM says were fueled by deliveries of the Sail, Cruze, Malibu and Captiva. General Motors and Chevrolet executives have identified China as a critical component of the company’s future growth strategy, according to Tim Dunne, director of automotive industry analysis at J.D. Power.

Brazil, Mexico and Russia were Chevrolet’s remaining top global sales markets in the first half. Chevrolet sold 305,000 new vehicles in Brazil in the first half for a 5% gain, while its first-half sales in Mexico rose nearly 16% from a year ago to 91,000 units. In contrast, Russia, its fifth-largest sales market posted a 16% decline with sales falling to 80,200 units.