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01/03/13
automotive
GM Sells 1 Million 30 MPG-Plus Vehicles in 2012
General Motors is the first U.S. automaker to sell more than 1 million vehicles in its home market in a single year that get an EPA-estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway test cycle.

“Our investments in advanced powertrains are clearly paying off, and our smaller vehicles are resonating with customers,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. “In 2013, we'll introduce new diesel, eAssist and plug-in vehicles in the United States and expand the availability of turbocharged four-cylinder engines.

“This will give us the most technologically diverse range of fuel-efficient cars and crossovers in the industry.”

Thirteen GM vehicles have at least one high-volume model that achieves 30 mpg highway or more.

Vehicle EPA Est. Highway Fuel Economy
1. Chevrolet Spark up to 38 mpg
2. Chevrolet Sonic up to 40 mpg
3. Chevrolet Cruze up to 42 mpg
4. Chevrolet Volt up to 98 mpg/e
5. Chevrolet Malibu up to 37 mpg
6. Chevrolet Impala up to 30 mpg
7. Chevrolet Camaro up to 30 mpg
8. Chevrolet Equinox up to 32 mpg
9. Buick Verano up to 32 mpg
10. Buick Regal up to 36 mpg
11. Buick LaCrosse up to 36 mpg
12. GMC Terrain up to 32 mpg
13. Cadillac ATS up to 33 mpg
Source:
2013MY EPA Fuel Economy Guide
  • 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 manual transmission.
  • 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 technology. GM PR

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