As we continue to put together all the data for the year-end edition of By The Numbers, General Motors has announced that it sold more than a million vehicles in the US last year that achieved at least 30 miles per gallon on the highway. More impressively, GM managed this feat using multiple strategies including small vehicle size, turbocharged engines and hybrid or plug-in technologies across four brands (Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC) accounting for 13 separate models. This number will grow even more in 2013 thanks to cars like the all-electric Spark, the diesel Cruze, the range-extended Cadillac ELR and the Buick Encore compact CUV.

GM's small car sales were up 39 percent last year helping to attain this million-sales mark for 30-mpg models, and almost 40 percent of all GM sales consisted of cars with fuel-efficient I4 engines. In regards to more advanced means of improving fuel economy, GM says that it plans on having 500,000 vehicles with "some form of electrification" on the road by 2017.

Scroll down for the full list of GM's million 30+ mpg cars as well as an informative press release.
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GM Sells 1 Million 30 MPG-Plus Vehicles in 2012
First U.S. automaker to achieve mark in EPA highway test cycle


2013-01-03

DETROIT – General Motors is the first U.S. automaker to sell more than 1 million vehicles in its home market in a single year that get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway test cycle.

"Our investments in advanced powertrains are clearly paying off, and our smaller vehicles are resonating with customers," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. "In 2013, we'll introduce new diesel, eAssist and plug-in vehicles in the United States and expand the availability of turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

"This will give us the most technologically diverse range of fuel-efficient cars and crossovers in the industry."

Thirteen GM vehicles have at least one high-volume model that achieves 30 mpg highway or more.
Vehicle EPA Est. Highway Fuel Economy
1. Chevrolet Spark up to 38 mpg
2. Chevrolet Sonic up to 40 mpg
3. Chevrolet Cruze up to 42 mpg
4. Chevrolet Volt up to 98 mpg/e
5. Chevrolet Malibu up to 37 mpg
6. Chevrolet Impala up to 30 mpg
7. Chevrolet Camaro up to 30 mpg
8. Chevrolet Equinox up to 32 mpg
9. Buick Verano up to 32 mpg
10. Buick Regal up to 36 mpg
11. Buick LaCrosse up to 36 mpg
12. GMC Terrain up to 32 mpg
13. Cadillac ATS up to 33 mpg

Source:
2013MY EPA Fuel Economy Guide
  • Four Chevrolet cars – the Spark, Cruze, Sonic and Volt – achieve 30 mpg or better in EPA combined city and highway driving.
  • Combined 2012 sales of GM's mini, small and compact cars are expected to be up about 39 percent, driven by the launches of the Spark and Buick Verano, and the ongoing success of the Chevrolet Sonic, Cruze and Volt.
  • About 40 percent of GM's vehicles by sales volume are powered by fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines – 10 percentage points higher than in 2010.
  • GM's two highest fuel-economy four-cylinder models are the 42-mpg Chevrolet Cruze Eco and the 40-mpg Chevrolet Sonic, both of which are powered by a turbocharged 1.4L ECOTEC engine mated to a six-speed manual transmission.
  • Chevrolet and Buick dealers delivered more than 50,000 vehicles that use advanced lithium-ion battery technology. Chevrolet Volt sales totaled more than 23,000 units, making the car the country's best-selling plug-in vehicle.
  • Combined sales of the Chevrolet Malibu, Buick Regal and Buick LaCrosse powered by eAssist, which delivers EPA-estimated highway fuel economy of up to 37 mpg, totaled more than 30,000 units.

In 2013, Buick will launch the 33-mpg Buick Encore crossover, Cadillac will introduce the ELR extended-range electric vehicle and Chevrolet will expand availability of eAssist to include the all-new Impala. Chevrolet will also introduce a 2.0-liter clean diesel powertrain for the Chevrolet Cruze and a full-electric powertrain for the Spark.

The launch of the Spark EV will make GM the first company to build a complete electric motor and drive unit for a modern electric vehicle in the United States. By 2017, GM will have up to 500,000 vehicles on the road with some form of electrification, with a focus on plug-in technology.

GM will release its December 2012 sales today at 10 a.m. EST.

General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM, TSX: GMM) and its partners produce vehicles in 30 countries, and the company has leadership positions in the world's largest and fastest-growing automotive markets. GM's brands include Chevrolet and Cadillac, as well as Baojun, Buick, GMC, Holden, Jiefang, Opel, Vauxhall and Wuling. More information on the company and its subsidiaries, including OnStar, a global leader in vehicle safety, security and information services, can be found at http://www.gm.com.


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      mbukukanyau
      • 1 Year Ago
      The Sooner Americans realize that its US Vs. them the sooner we will be better off. If we listened to some haters, We would loose the car industry just as we lost the ship building, Televesion, Home appliances to foreign government backed entities. Americans wonder why everything in Home Depot is made in foreign countries. When two men as opposed to each other as Obama and GW come to the same conclusion about the Automobile industry in the US as they did, I have to defer to their best judgement, and I am a conservative.
      Link2877
      • 1 Year Ago
      There goes autoblog again with their sensationalized title and only half the story in said article. GM never claimed they were the first to sell a million 30+ mpg vehicles. They claimed they were the first quote "American" unquote automaker to to sell a million 30+ mpg vehicles in "North America" in one year. See how that one word and half a sentence changes the whole meaning of this post. Good journalism there guys, good journalism. Just be as vague as possible. I'm sure it wont confuse people, nope not at all.
      BipDBo
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wish that for the purposes of discussion, promotions, etc that highway mpg was not used. City mpg or at least combined mpg are much more relavant to the average consumer. Most consumers just look at the big number which is ofter raised in big font on banners at dealerships, and expect that type of performance. This probably leads to the industry optimizing its products more for the EPA highway test than for average driving. Perhaps city mpg were emphasized more, for example, hybrid sales would be greater. I can't blame the dealers for using the bigger more impressive looking number, but it's a bit deceiving.
      vicbruun
      • 1 Year Ago
      if you didn't get your notice Pontiac G-6 has a recall on it !
      ccacc1970
      • 1 Year Ago
      I own a 2012 Silverado LT. Nice heavy truck. Avg milage at 15000+ miles 15.5. Would not give it up for a little crap box that got 100 mpg. My family fit in it very nice (even with a car seat for my grand kid) Trip to Montana this fall averaged 21.7 mpg. Very comfortable and decent milage for a close to 6000lb truck This my third Silverado since 2000 and two GMCs since 1988 Each one got acceptable milage and I kept them to close to 20000 miles.Nothing but normal maintance and care. Family has also had a couple of Toyota,s ( 94 Camry 2007 Avalon) Nice cars but I would not want to take them on a cross country trip with 4 people.
        gpmp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ccacc1970
        Sounds like you've found a vehicle that meets your needs. Good for you. With the hundreds, if not thousands, of vehicle options currently available, and a wide variety of vehicle types among the top sellers, you should realize, though, that other drivers have needs that differ from yours. Why else would so many Camrys, Escapes and Civics be sold? There is a growing number of drivers whose needs include excellent mileage and cheap, clean, versatile fuel. Consider that your vehicle will cost most drivers about $5k a year to fuel, while my vehicle will cost about $1.5k a year. If I had a 100% electric car it would cost me closer to $500 a year to fuel (using mostly nighttime, offpeak rates).
      Xi Gua
      • 1 Year Ago
      Volt uses mostly burning coal and transporting along power lines to plugs for its electricity. This produces far more CO2 as compared to burning gas directly under the hood. Power lines are highly ineffective at retaining electricity and coal is dirtier than oil. Plus, Volt uses quite a bit of oil as well after 35 miles is used up. In summary, Volt is one of the most polluting cars on the planet.
        mycommentemail
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
        Also, the world is flat, up is down, trees are made of old kite string, you can get pregnant from sitting on a public toilet and some other "facts" I just made up.
        LBFTPSEC
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
        You weren't one of the bright kids in school were you?
        American Refugee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
        Except that every scientific study ever done on emissions of electric vs oil burning vehicles has disproved everything you just said, irregardless of the electric generation source. http://mydocs.epri.com/docs/CorporateDocuments/SectorPages/Portfolio/PDM/PHEV-ExecSum-vol1.pdf Science, it stings!
        gpmp
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
        So tell me, what is the energy cost of delivering gasoline/diesel? How does that compare to the energy cost of delivering electricity? Don't be a numbskull.
        Joe Carter
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Xi Gua
        What about Nuclear or Hydroelectric power? Maybe Wind energy? Possibly even Solar.
      William
      • 1 Year Ago
      How much taxpayer money subsidized each "30 mpg" car? Sickening.
      Joe Carter
      • 1 Year Ago
      Congrats to Chevy! Seling vehicles with 98% plastic interiors since 1908!
      Diz
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who cares? I will never buy a a car from a government owned entity, ever.
        American Refugee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Diz
        Well then, that's not a problem, since GM isn't owned by the government. Unless you mean a car company in which some government, somewhere, owns shares. In which case, you better buy some sturdy shoes.
        mycommentemail
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Diz
        Let me translate your comment for you: "Who cares? I have nothing to add to this discussion but I want to get my chance to make a pointless political comment." Who cares indeed.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Diz
        Yes, like Volvo or Mercedes Benz, (Chinese city Government funds Geely ) especially local governments http://factsanddetails.com/china.php?itemid=2277&catid=9 Daimler Benz ownership by Kuwait Investment Authority (Government Fund 36%) among other entities like Abar of Quatar
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Diz
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        Grendal
        • 1 Year Ago
        Are you talking about Ford? They got a $5.9 billion dollar loan from the ATVM loan program. That money allowed them to create their newest line up and update their engines. http://www.forbes.com/sites/joannmuller/2012/08/29/automakers-report-card-who-still-owes-taxpayers-money-the-answer-might-surprise-you/
          TCBRacing
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          That's because Ford had no choice. They were so much worse off then GM and Chrysler, they needed their money in 2006 before the bank/credit collapse. GM and Chrysler were better off so they survived a few more years but when they wanted the loans, they weren't there. Don't praise Ford for the wise financial sacrifice, it was necessity....
          Marcopolo
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          @ Grendal Yes, but Ford sold assets and restructured to avoid bankruptcy. I'm sure that if you asked the respective creditors, and the US taxpayer which was preferable. Although I support the US bail-out of the Auto-industry as an unavoidable necessity, some credit must be paid to Fords financial sacrifice.
          Grendal
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Grendal
          @Marco I'm not mad at Ford. I have no problem with them taking the ATVM loan to avoid bankruptcy. It just irks me that there are people who dismiss GM, as laser did, in favor of a company that "didn't take government money" as they think Ford did. It's hypocritical, and wrong.
        Alfonso T. Alvarez
        • 1 Year Ago
        Aren't you missing a VaporVolt or something in this latest attempt at trolling?
      Ryan
      • 1 Year Ago
      Since I won't buy a car that is less than 100mpg (which they could make, we have the technology and aerodynamic designs), it might be a while...
      justin
      • 1 Year Ago
      I wonder how many of those cars were sold to the U.S. government.
        American Refugee
        • 1 Year Ago
        @justin
        Somewhere between 50 to 100 have been sold to the Federal government, as of this past fall. So, what, 1/4 of 1 percent of sales? Why do you ask? Oh right, the voices on the radio told you to.
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