First out of the gate to report February sales, automaker General Motors said its year-over-year (February 2011 versus February 2010) retail sales are up 70 percent. That’s the company’s highest year-over-year gain ever. For those who are trying to figure out how long that is, the company dates back to 1908. But it’s the leaders in the various brands that prove most interesting – they’re among GM’s newest products.
Take the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, for example. The all-new compact sedan posted improved sales of 212 percent, compared to the aging Chevy Aveo it replaced. With class-leading safety features, including 10 standard airbags, strong fuel economy (especially with the 42 mpg highway Cruze Eco) and the interior roominess of a mid-size, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze is also an affordable car with a starting price of $16,275. Read why The Car Connection gives the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and overall 8.3 (out of 10) overall rating in this review.
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The bow-tie division’s crossover sales were equally strong, with both compact Chevy Equinox and Chevy Traverse up 98 percent and 32 percent, respectively. February was the best sales month ever for Equinox. Equinox, although it’s a compact, is mid-size roomy, quiet inside, seats five, gets 32 mpg highway fuel economy, and is an Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) Top Safety Pick.
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Traverse, big brother to the Equinox, is a midsize crossover built for families, seats up to eight, has 116.4 cubic feet of cargo volume, and gets good fuel economy (17 mpg city/24 mpg highway in FWD models, 16/23 mpg in AWD). Starting base prices are $22,745 for Equinox, $29,224 for Traverse.
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The 2011 Chevrolet Silverado HD, along with its GMC sibling, GMC Sierra HD, and Chevrolet Avalanche helped boost GM’s full-size pickup truck sales 65 percent in February, compared with year-ago levels.