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Chevrolet Sees Record-Breaking First Half Sales


2011 Chevrolet Cruze

2011 Chevrolet Cruze

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.

Chevy's first-half 2011 results.

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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.

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Comments (6)
  1. Shows the advantage of dropping some brands (Pontiac and Saturn), consolidating those sales into once brand rather than the same car accross different brands. Also Cruze is better than average Chevy (so about average). Now to keep it up.
     
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  2. @Reece, agree that the Cruze is impressive, especially the amount of content for the price. If Saturn had built cars like the Cruze from the beginning, I believe they'd still be around today.
     
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  3. Sadly, the domestic Saturns really were piss poor. The Opel derivatives were sweet.
     
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  4. Agreed. I remember being very impressed with the first Aura I drove.
     
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  5. I wonder what gives with the graphic. It shows nothing for Europe, MidleEast or Africa. Is that because the moniker CHEVROLET is not used by GM for vehicles there?
     
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  6. I believe the graphic just highlighted their top five markets.
     
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