General Motors continued its global upward trend in 2011, selling over 9 million vehicles — a 7.6 percent gain over 2010 — with the charge led by Chevrolet. The bowtie brand itself sold a record 4.76 million units globally. In addition, all of GM’s regions (North America, South America, Europe and International Ops) were all in the green, outperforming their marks from 2010. These numbers are good enough to crown GM as the largest automaker in the world in terms of overall sales.
Chevy’s top-ranking country in terms of sales was overwhelmingly the United States with 1,775,812 units sold, translating to a 13 percent gain. Much more significant growth was observed globally, however. Take Vietnam, which increased 79 percent in Chevy sales, or Russia, which increased 49 percent. Even Germany posted a significant gain of 21 percent.
What will 2012 be like? Well, with the global launch of the all-new Malibu, the launch of the Sonic/Aveo in full swing, and the introduction of the Spark in the U.S., don’t be surprised if GM and Chevy post another record year.