U.S. inventory of the Chevy Trailblazer subcompact crossover was at a scant three days supply in early July, GM Authority has learned from sources familiar with GM’s inventory situation. A 60-day supply is considered optimal in the U.S. auto industry.
GM seems to be selling the popular model now more than ever, quite possibly due to a couple of reasons. One, with the departure of the Chevy Spark, the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer is now the most affordable GM vehicle available in the U.S, as GM gears up to introduce an all-new, next-generation version of the Trax later this year that will likely take that title from the Trailblazer. Two, as the used car market continues its streak of record-high prices, the ongoing global semiconductor microchip shortage is impacting the supply of new vehicles while driving heavy demand in the used car market. As a result some used vehicles like the Trailblazer are now more expensive than their new equivalents.
To ramp production in order to meet strong demand, GM this year added 6,000 units of the Chevy Trailblazer to the production schedule at the GM Bupeyong plant in South Korea, where the Trailblazer is produced for North America markets. However, the majority of the newfound production will go toward the 2023 model year. One other interesting data point is that Chevy Trailblazer and Buick Encore GX exports from South Korea surpassed the 300,000-unit mark, as announced by GM earlier this year.
Last year, The General sold 90,161 units of the Chevy Trailblazer in the U.S. market, making it the second best-selling mainstream subcompact crossover segment. Ahead of the Trailblazer was the Honda HR-V with 137,090 units sold, while in third was the Hyundai Kona with 90,069 units sold. The Chevy Trailblazer’s sales performance give it a nine percent segment share for 2021.
Sales Numbers - Mainstream Subcompact Crossovers - 2021 - USA
|MODEL||YTD 21 / YTD 20||YTD 21||YTD 20||YTD 21 SHARE||YTD 20 SHARE|
|BUICK ENCORE GX||+58.89%||71,247||44,841||7%||5%|
|MITSUBISHI OUTLANDER SPORT||+18.66%||34,216||28,836||3%||3%|
We should also note that GM has changed the way in which dealers order the 2022 Chevy Trailblazer, switching from the traditional “consensus” model to a new “port consensus” model. While the former involves dealers placing orders for vehicles to be built, the latter has GM building the vehicles it thinks are needed (and that it’s capable of building). From there, the vehicles are shipped to port, at which time dealers pick and choose from what’s available. GM will use the same port consensus model for the 2023 Chevy Trailblazer.
GM applied only minor changes to the 2023 Trailblazer, which will continue with the same two engine options as the 2021 and 2022 model years. This includes the base turbocharged 1.2L I3 LIH gasoline engine, which is rated at 137 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque, along with the up-level turbocharged 1.3L I3 L3T gasoline engine, which is rated at 155 horsepower and 174 pound-feet of torque. The crossover rides on the GM VSS-F platform.