This is due to Chevrolet gaining ground in its top five markets. In the US, its sales increased by 16%, in China by 15%, in Russia, where it is the best-selling global brand, by 54%, in Canada by 8% and in Brazil by 0.4% over the record first-half of 2010.
Most of the increase can be attributed to new models like the Cruze, which with 330,000 units recorded a 132% increase over 2010.
“The success of the Cruze illustrates what is possible when you listen to your customers,” said Mary Barra, senior vice president of GM Global Product Development. “By offering drivers more than they expected in a compact car, the Cruze has redefined the global segment and is on track to bring a million new customers to Chevrolet before the end of 2012”.
Chevrolet’s minicar, the Spark, sold 100,000 units, a 110% gain over the same period a year ago, with its biggest markets being South Korea, Mexico and Uzbekistan.
The compact Aveo did even better, with its sales boosted by the introduction of the next generation Sonic/Aveo, achieving a record 150,000 sales.