Four Chevrolet cars the Spark, Cruze, Sonic and Volt achieve
30 mpg or better in EPA combined city and highway driving.
Combined 2012 sales of GM's mini, small and compact cars are
expected to be up about 39 percent, driven by the launches of the
Spark and Buick Verano, and the ongoing success of the Chevrolet
Sonic, Cruze and Volt.
About 40 percent of GM's vehicles by sales volume are powered by
fuel-efficient four-cylinder engines 10 percentage points higher
than in 2010.
GM's two highest fuel-economy four-cylinder models are the 42-mpg
Chevrolet Cruze Eco and the 40-mpg Chevrolet Sonic, both of which are
powered by a turbocharged 1.4L ECOTEC engine mated to a six-speed
Chevrolet and Buick dealers delivered more than 50,000 vehicles
that use advanced lithium-ion battery technology. Chevrolet Volt sales
totaled more than 23,000 units, making the car the country's
best-selling plug-in vehicle.
Combined sales of the Chevrolet Malibu, Buick Regal and Buick
LaCrosse powered by eAssist, which delivers EPA-estimated highway fuel
economy of up to 37 mpg, totaled more than 30,000 units.
In 2013, Buick will launch the 33-mpg Buick Encore crossover, Cadillac
will introduce the ELR extended-range electric vehicle and Chevrolet
will expand availability of eAssist to include the all-new Impala.
Chevrolet will also introduce a 2.0-liter clean diesel powertrain for
the Chevrolet Cruze and a full-electric powertrain for the Spark.
The launch of the Spark EV will make GM the first company to build a
complete electric motor and drive unit for a modern electric vehicle
in the United States. By 2017, GM will have up to 500,000 vehicles on
the road with some form of electrification, with a focus on plug-in
GM will release its December 2012 sales today at 10 a.m. EST.