General Motors Co. posted sales of more than 2.4 million vehicles in the third quarter of 2013 — and just over half, about 1.3 million, were Chevrolet models. For Chevy, it was the 12th consecutive quarter that the brand has posted year-over-year increased sales.
“In the third quarter, we were able to attract more consumers to the brand thanks in large part to the launches of several new vehicles including the Corvette, Silverado, and Spark EV,” says Alan Batey, senior vice president of Global Chevrolet.
The United States proved to be the brand’s biggest market in the third quarter, topping the charts with 478,000 sales, or 4.2 percent more than in the same period a year ago. The next top sales markets were Brazil, China, Russia, and Mexico. Russia saw the biggest sales increase, jumping 18.7 percent, to 48,000 units.
Earlier this month, the brand announced that Siri Eyes Free Integration — which allows drivers to connect with their iPhone’s Siri application using voice commands — will be available on the 2014 Camaro, Cruze, Equinox, Malibu, SS, and Volt models equipped with MyLink. Chevy made the decision after receiving positive feedback from customers using the technology in the Sonic and Spark.
“Easy, reliable, and portable connectivity is a top priority for our customers, and Siri complements MyLink’s existing capabilities,” says Chris Perry, vice president of U.S. marketing at Chevrolet.
Founded in 1911 in Detroit, Chevrolet now does business in more than 140 countries. In 2012, it set a global sales record when it sold nearly 5 million vehicles.