America’s General Motors Co. (GM) surpassed Japanese carmaker Toyota and captured title of world's top-selling carmaker in 2011. GM sold a total of 9.03 million cars in 2011, compared to 8.39 million cars in 2010. GM gained 7.6% in term of global sales compared to 2010 sales.
GM’s global sales were up in all continents including North America, South America, Europe, and Asian countries.
One of GM’s top brands is Chevrolet. According to GM’s press release, Chevrolet sold 4.76 million vehicles around the world in 2011. The GM’s popular brand Chevrolet had total sales of 1,775,812 cars in America, or an increase of 13% from 2010. Asian countries include China had record sales of 595,068 cars, or an increase of 9.5% from 2010. Other booming Asian markets in 2011 include Vietnam with an increase of 79% from 2010. European countries include Russia with an increase of 49% from 2010, Turkey sales went up 30%, and Germany sales went up 21%.
GM also noted that Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan is now the best-selling car for the American carmaker. The world’s total sales for the new platform car were 670,000 units in 2011. Since launch in the late 2009, more than 1.13 million units of Chevrolet Cruze had been sold worldwide.
(Image: GM’s Chevrolet Cruze)