It's been a good year for Chevrolet. The company marked its 100th anniversary in 2011 and is set to beat its all-time sales record. That's not a bad way to celebrate if you ask us, particularly just a couple of years removed from the bankruptcy of its parent company. The automaker has sold 4.8 million units worldwide through November, and December isn't looking to slacken the pace. Chevrolet managed to carve out nearly half a percentage point of additional global market share this year. What's more, sixty percent of the company's vehicles are now sold outside of the U.S. in a bid to move Chevy more into the global arena. That's thanks in part to growth in markets like China, Vietnam, Europe and South Korea as well as solid sales in familiar stomping grounds like South America.

Here in the States, Chevrolet is slotted behind first-place Ford in total consumer market share. Even so, vehicles like the Chevrolet Sonic may soon improve the automaker's fortunes. General Motors says Chevrolet dealers have just a 17-day supply of the new B-segment bruiser.


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      stvrahn
      • 3 Years Ago
      I actually like the Sonic, although I expected better performance from the turbo version. I still don't like 3 years 36,000 mile warranties though, and as near as I know, thats all GM is offering. GM did a good job on this car, but they need to show more confidence in their quality with a longer warranty. The Fiat 500 has a four year warranty now...in the American market at least.
      FriskyDingo
      • 3 Years Ago
      "....set to beat its all-time sales record." But, but..... Government Motors!! The bailout!! The 'fire-prone' Volt!! Obama Motors!! Haha, all the dissenters out there who wanted to write GM off just because of their prior mistakes...... look at them now. Nobody wanted to give them a chance, everyone just dismissed positive reviews of their cars as bribes, yeah. They're now making great vehicles and are posting sales numbers to back it up. Suck it all you haters. And lest anyone think otherwise, I'm also very glad and proud to see Ford and Chrysler on the upswing, too. It's about time to see the domestics offering solid, world-class products. Good for them.
        hevace
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        I am a certified GM hater. But I think that Chevrolet will overtake Ford, now that Ford is getting rid of profitable vehicles and equipping Mustangs with crappy Chinese-built drivetrains.
        L14t
        • 3 Years Ago
        @FriskyDingo
        This is exactly what people on here do. They take one problem and use that same reason to bash GM and they run it into the ground. Find a different reason. I'm glad other people on here are realizing it too. :)
      donnieorama
      • 3 Years Ago
      Man, what a bad thing the US Government did--bailing out GM. Look at how horrible they're doing!
      Jim R
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm not surprised this is a quick seller. It's a very good little car.
      David
      • 3 Years Ago
      I expect this car has already peaked. I have yet to see even one on the road, except for all the Aveos I mistook for it.
      Basil Exposition
      • 3 Years Ago
      Shame all the pics you see of the car are the hatch. The 4 door looks so much better.
        marre
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        You mean worse...
        BB79826
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        The hatch is awkwardly proportioned, but the rear of the Sonic sedan looks *terrible*. Cartoonishly cheap.
        Dave
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Basil Exposition
        I havent seen either version of the Sonic in person yet. I think the Fiesta hatch looks much better than the Fiesta 4 door, so I'm not prejudiced against hatches. But the pics of the Sonic seem to be a toss-up. They both look pretty good.
      kontroll
      • 3 Years Ago
      good job globally GM, you have to beat the asians on their own turf. These asian rikshaws look like toys compared to this or not to mention the Cruze. Now if the americans would finally wake up from their ricer induced coma, and finally start appreciating what GM, Ford and Chrysler is doing and start buying their products , maybe it will not be too late for the American economy to revive.
        aatbloke1967
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        The Aveo/Sonic IS an Asian product. The North American model simply happens to be built in the States.
        Fierce5
        • 3 Years Ago
        @kontroll
        Agree 100%
      over9000
      • 3 Years Ago
      angry hamster is still angry
      theblackemblem
      • 3 Years Ago
      And here in Japan, it is discriminated because it is "Korean". I guess narrow-minded people are everywhere
      mrbrian2334
      • 3 Years Ago
      While I'm happy it's selling well, how many are they making? I've only seen one on the road so far.
        Julio B
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mrbrian2334
        True, the first one I've seen was two days ago when I parked by one at the gym. It was the sedan though. Nice little car.
        hudkina
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mrbrian2334
        The Sonic sold 4,500 units in November and over 10,000 in the few short months it has been available. December will likely be its biggest month yet.
        Gordon Chen
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mrbrian2334
        I've only seen one sedan. Everything else was just an aveo htach (I still can't tell the diff. sorry : \ )
        Zortella
        • 3 Years Ago
        @mrbrian2334
        That's ONE more than what I've seen here in St. Louis.
      Rotation
      • 3 Years Ago
      What a weird press-release style article. GM is selling a lot of cars and wanted to mention the Sonic too. Personally, I still think the Sonic is worse looking than the Spark or Cruze. It's a little better in real life because the snout is a bit less obvious when you aren't staring at it from a low angle like this, but it still could be better.
      Robert Ryan
      • 3 Years Ago
      Many of the "Chevrolets" sold worldwide are GM Daewoo products. The Mini Vans produced by GM/Wuling are also included in the overall GM Global tally.
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