Sales of General Motors vehicles in Southeast Asia grew 2 percent year-over-year in June 2013 to 7,073 vehicles last month. The automaker grew at an even greater rate in the first six months of the year, with sales up 5 percent to 41,866 units in the region. According to GM, the gains are the result of a successful product line-up across various vehicle segments in the region.
In Indonesia, GM sold a total of 1,761 units in June — a 105 percent increase over May, eclipsing the automaker’s all prior sales records in the country. The recently-launched Spin MPV was primarily responsible for the growth, selling 1,294 units in June.
Meanwhile, Q2 2013 sales in the country totaled 3,345 units — up 142 percent over Q1 2013; Combined, Q1 and Q2 2013 sales totaled 4,728 units — up 82 percent year-over-year.
It would seem that sales will increase at an even faster pace going forward, as sales of the Spin seem to be spinning The Bow Tie brand into greater popularity (pun fully intended).
In the Philippines, Chevrolet experienced a record-breaking month in June 2013 with sales of 456 units, up 84 percent over June of 2012. The Chevrolet Trailblazer SUV led the brand with 242 units sold, with the model’s sales having grown every month since its launch in November.
June 2013 sales in Singapore totaled 211 units.
June 2013 sales in Malaysia totaled 176 units.
In Thailand, Chevrolet sales in June totaled 4,073 units — down from May. The results, however, were in line with the general industry trend.
“The automotive industry is experiencing a slip in the market compared with 2012,” said vice president of sales, marketing and after-sales for Chevrolet Thailand, Gustavo Colossi.
“The government’s first-car-buyer scheme last year generated a surge in retail sales that, compared with normal market growth trends, created sales growth that was significantly above average. This year, we are experiencing sales revenue that is back to the normal consumer cycle.”
The Colorado midsize pickup truck continued to lead with 1,665 sales; the Sonic subcompact line sold 685 units, the Captiva crossover sold 634 units, the Trailblazer SUV sold 571 units, the Cruze sedan sold 474 units, and the Aveo subcompact, which is in run-out inventory mode, sold 36 units.
Q1 and Q2 2013 sales in Thailand totaled 30,896 units.
The sales results come on the heels of news that GM President of Southeast Asia Operations, Martin Apfel, will be leaving the automaker to pursue other interests.