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GM first-half sales post 3.9 pct increase


CHICAGO,  (Xinhua) -- U.S. auto maker General Motors Co. said Tuesday that it sold 4.85 million vehicles globally in the first half of 2013, up 3.9 percent compared with the same period of 2012, as North America and China posted strong sales gains.

Chevrolet sold a record 2.5 million vehicles around the world during this period, up 1.4 percent over the same period of last year, GM said in a statement.

Chevrolet achieved its 11th straight quarter of increased sales on the strength of new products like the Onix subcompact car in Brazil, Impala full-size sedan in the United States and Colorado midsize pickup in Southeast Asia, it added.

"Chevrolet is in the midst of the most aggressive new product roll-out in the brand's history," said Alan Batey, senior vice president of Global Chevrolet.

In the United States, Chevrolet's small car lineup continues to attract new customers, with sales of the Sonic, Spark, Cruze and Volt combined up nearly 25 percent, it said.

Full-size truck sales also increased 23 percent over the same period and dealers are delivering the all-new Silverado to eager consumers at a rapid pace, averaging only 10 days on dealer lots, according to the statement.

In China, GM achieved a sales record with a 10.6 percent increase to 1,567,392 units, it said.

Chevrolet sales in China also rose 6.1 percent to nearly 322, 000 units, fueled by strong sales of the Sail, Cruze, Malibu and Captiva, it said.


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