Passenger cars hit highest share of Chevrolet sales since 1991

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General Motors announced today that Chevrolet’s total sales are expected to increase by 15 percent during the first half of 2012 fueled by… no not big SUVs and pickups – but by passenger cars, which are approaching their highest percentage of Chevrolet sales in two decades

Chevrolet car sales are expected to increase 23 percent for the first 6 months of 2011, when June sales are reported. Trucks, utilities, and crossovers are expected to be up 9 percent over the first half of 2010.

“Chevrolet has always been known for building great trucks,” said Alan Batey, U.S. vice president, Chevrolet Sales and Service. “Today, we are in the middle of transforming the brand with a strong lineup of cars that match the appeal of our trucks and crossovers.

“That transformation is clearly bringing new customers to the brand – as passenger cars and four-cylinder engines are driving Chevrolet’s growth this year,” Batey said. “We expect that momentum to accelerate as Chevrolet introduces three new cars over the next two years – the Sonic, Spark, and next-generation Malibu.”

Chevrolet said that most of its growth for 2011 can be credited to the the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze and the current Malibu sedan. Both cars were among the top 10 best-selling vehicles in the industry in May, when the Cruze was also the best-selling compact car in the United States.

– By: Omar Rana