• Apr 20, 2011
2011 Chevrolet Cruze 1LT - Click above for high-res image gallery

2011 has been an up and down year so far for General Motors. High incentive spending, $100-per-barrel oil and potential supply disruptions due to the Japan earthquake have been a major downer. Even the automaker's stock price, which jumped to $39 per share after the IPO opened at $33 per share, is down 18 percent on the year.

But in spite of all that ails The General, sales have been very strong, and at the end of the day the car business is all about moving metal. Here in the States, Cadillac, GMC and Buick have been on fire, and on a global basis Chevrolet has been very strong. How strong? Mlive.com reports that The BowTie brand had its best first quarter ever, with sales up 15 percent globally compared to 2010.

Best-ever first quarter sales is a great way to kick off Chevy's 100 Year Anniversary as a brand, and a lot of the success has come due to the rapid growth of the Chinese market. GM sold 2.3 million vehicles in China in 2010 and plans to increase that total to five million units per year by 2015.

The first quarter also marked the first time the Cruze became the best-selling Chevy on a global basis. GM moved 150,650 copies of the sedan through March, up 117 percent compared to the first quarter of 2010. With a hatchback variant of the Cruze on its way, The General's C-segment offering will likely only improve in the months ahead. We're thinking GM is hoping the same can be said for its stock price.



Photos copyright ©2011 Steven J. Ewing / AOL

[Source: Mlive.com]


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      spw
      • 3 Years Ago
      People need to understand that global Chevy brand is ex-Daewoo, and has nothing to do with US Chevy.
      styxmiko
      • 3 Years Ago
      BRAVO Chevy and BRAVO GM!!!! With their current and constantly improving fantastic product line GM will be the world leader again...regardles at which japanese company's expense. By American and you save your and your children's jobs, especially when "american" is better than any asian.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @styxmiko
        The irony of your statement is that the vast majority of the sales growth made mention of is for Asian designed, engineered, and produced cars for consumption in Asia (namely China). And since they are actually the result of partnerships with Chinese companies of which GM is a minority holder, it actually does more to help the majority stakeholders in Asia.
      JackS
      • 3 Years Ago
      The problem is that even though overall sales numbers have improved they're still losing retail market share year on year.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      Good for them... they are seeing that good products bring in good sales numbers. But I do have to question the numbers just a little though. Didn't GM consolidate its foreign nameplates over the past couple of years? So how many of these sales are brand new and how many of these sales are simply due to them dropping the Daewoo name (and possibly others) and changing them to Chevy?
        DrEvil
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Its called consolidation, the Chevy brand is going to be the GLOBAL brand. This is a transition, eliminating the brand names that you will no longer do business under, there will be some overlap. I really don't get your point. Instead of selling the Cruze as a Daewoo in certain markets, it will be sold as a Chevy. My question to GM is about Holden, Vauxhall and Opel. Are they all, one day going to be swallowed up by Chevrolet? Especially Vauxhall, since it really doesn't bring much to the table. All Vauxhalls are either Opels or Holdens. See how well that turned out for Saturn. This also answered my question about why are they now selling Chevys in traditional Vauxhall, Opel and Holden markets in direct competition to those established brands. I guess it gives them time to slowly establish the Chevrolet brand in those markets then kill off the others.
          Martin Joubert
          • 3 Years Ago
          @DrEvil
          That did not answer Hazdaz's question. He recognizes consolidation, his question was how many Cruze like vehicles did GM sell in previous years under its different brands/names? My guess is that they are still doing better, but I think a long look through "By the Numbers" will help.
      Mingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      price is cheap because US money is not worth much so people are not buying better just cheaper
      DrEvil
      • 3 Years Ago
      Who was it that said GM will NEVER be able to sell Chevrolets in the EU and other non traditional Chevy markets? Its all about building the better mousetrap. Can't wait for the ATS to finally get here.
        lne937s
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        they literally just rebranded Daewoos, which were selling there already. The new Cruze sales were previously Daewoo Lacetti Premiere sales (which was the same car with different logos). EU mass-market cars (not Corvettes) are still made in Korea in plants that were formerly called Daewoo.
        Tone
        • 3 Years Ago
        @DrEvil
        I can't wait for the ATS-based Camaro to get here.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Neillssen Hines
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow! I wasn't expecting Cruze to sell that much. I'm impressed.
      diffrunt
      • 3 Years Ago
      Don,t like GM's on everything silver paint dash trim. It glares. Helped my Terrain a little with striping tape.Dial gauges need to go, too!
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