If you live in the United States, Canada, Russia, China or Brazil and think you’re seeing a lot more Chevrolets on the road these days, you’re probably correct. The automaker has posted its best first-half sales in the company’s 100-year history, selling 2.35 million vehicles from January through June of 2011.
Key areas of growth were Russia, where sales were up by 54 percent over the previous year, and the United States, where sales climbed 16 percent over 2010. China yielded 15-percent sales growth and produced the country’s best first-half sales result in Chevy’s history.
Chevy's first-half 2011 results.Enlarge Photo
Total worldwide sales in the first six months were up by 14 percent compared to last year.
The bulk of its success ties back to the introduction of new models, such as the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze, which became the best-selling compact sedan in the U.S. last month. Worldwide, the automaker is seeing brisk sales of its Spark minicar, Aveo/Sonic compact and Orlando MPV. Over 100,000 Sparks were sold in the first half, which more than doubles the quantity sold in the first half of 2010.