The 2011 Chevrolet Volt

General Motors starts 2012 with a rough January

January 2012 was a good month for the majority of the automaker groups operating in the United States but unfortunately – General Motors was the one company who struggled in the first month of the New Year with a negative year over year growth of 6.1%.

While their cross town rivals at the Chrysler Group and Ford Motor Company both had a strong start to 2012, General Motors saw all four of their existing brands show a decline compared to their sales results in the first month of 2011. One key point is that GM had a very strong month in January 2011, selling over 178,000 vehicles and beating their closest competition (Ford) by over 51,000 units. This past month (Jan 2012), GM moved just under 168,000 vehicles so while they were still the top selling automaker in the US, the gap was closed due to the gains made by Ford, Chrysler and Toyota. However, excuses aside, January 2012 was not as good for GM as it was for the rest of the groups selling vehicles in the US.

Chevrolet was the top brand from General Motors in January 2012, posting a negative decline of 1.2%. The top model from Chevrolet in terms of growth rate was the Chevy Volt, which increased by 87.9% in moving 603 units. The Chevrolet Colorado compact pickup was second best in growth with a gain of 30.3% and the Chevy Suburban was third with an improvement of 25.3%. The top performer from Chevrolet in terms of sales volume was, as usual, the Silverado pickup family with 26,850 units sold. The Chevrolet Impala was second with 16,009 large sedans sold and the compact Chevy Cruze was third in sales with 15,049 units sold. One interesting point is that the Chevrolet Sonic, which replaced the Chevy Aveo, sold 5,712 examples last month – accounting for a 108% improvement over the old model. This is a clear sign that the changes made to their subcompact sedan and hatchback have resonated well with the American new car buyer.

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