Joined by 516 sales of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze in September, the gradually-deceasing Chevrolet Cobalt’s total last month makes it look like “General Motors” and “small car” go together like, well, “General Motors” and “small car”. But wait, the Cruze is supposed to be a really nice car. October should tell a very different story. Even so, don’t be surprised if buyers don’t respond favourably (at first) to a GM small car without huge incentives.
As for the 2011 Ford Fiesta, which of course wasn’t on sale last year, sales have yet to reflect any efforts by Ford Motor Company to find more stock for North American dealers. This comes along with news yesterday that the Ford Fiesta is the best-selling car in the UK – again – with over 19,000 sales. Correct me if I’m wrong, but that’s over 19,000 Fiestas that somehow made it to UK Ford stores, unravaged by hurricanes and bad railways and bodystyle selections (ahem… no ugly sedans?) which didn’t reflect potential buyers’ tastes. Ford would’ve needed to more than double sales of the Fiesta in the U.S. last month just to be number two in the segment.
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Small, Midsize, Large Car Sales In America – October 2010
Subcompact Car & Compact Car Sales In America – August 2010