Chevy expands global reach with record 2012 sales

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Chevrolet, the world’s-fastest growing major automotive brand, sold more than 4.95 million vehicles in 2012, setting a global sales record and driving General Motors Co. (NYSE: GM) global sales to more than 9.2 million vehicles, a 2.9 percent gain compared with 2011.

While the United States was the largest individual market for Chevrolet with total vehicle sales of 1.85 million, more than 60 percent of the brand’s sales came from other markets including Brazil (643,000), China (627,000), Russia (205,000), South Korea (125,000) and India (92,000). All posted strong sales due to new vehicle entries.

“Chevrolet is in the midst of the most aggressive rollout of new products in its history, which helped us deliver our ninth-consecutive quarter of record global sales,” said Don Johnson, Chevrolet vice president of U.S. sales and service.

Guided by a new global vision, ‘Find New Roads,’  that is rooted in the brand’s legacy of ingenuity, Johnson said Chevrolet is poised for continued growth in 2013 with 13 new or significantly redesigned products being launched in the United States, including the all-new Corvette Stingray, Silverado  and Impala , and 12 additional product launches around the world.

Chevrolet is building its global presence by delivering small cars like the Cruze , Sonic/Aveo  and Spark , the midsize Malibu , and crossovers and trucks like the Spin , Trax , Orlando  and Colorado  that are designed for the varied driving conditions and customer preferences around the world.

The Cruze compact sedan led the brand with global sales of more than 755,000 in 2012, making it the best-selling Chevrolet nameplate around the world with nearly 1.9 million sold since its launch in 2009.  In the United States, Chevrolet will launch a diesel engine- powered Cruze in the second quarter.

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