DETROIT – Combined U.S. sales of the 12 General Motors (NYSE: GM) vehicles that get an EPA estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway are expected to reach 100,000 units or more in March, the highest total in company history. GM will release its total March sales on April 3.
“GM’s strategic investments in four-cylinder and turbocharged engines, advanced transmissions and vehicle electrification have been very well timed,” said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America. “Three years ago, about 16 percent of the vehicles GM sold achieved at least 30 mpg on the highway. Today, that number is about 40 percent, and we have more new fuel-economy leaders on the way, including the Chevrolet Spark, Cadillac ATS and the Buick Encore.”
GM Fuel Economy Leaders on Sale Today
|Vehicle||Powertrain||EPA Est. Highway Fuel Economy|
|2012 Chevrolet Sonic||1.8-liter I-4|
1.4-liter I-4 turbo
|2012 Chevrolet Cruze||1.8-liter I-4|
1.4-liter I-4 turbo
|up to 36 mpg|
up to 42 mpg
|2012 Chevrolet Volt||1.4-liter I-4 with electric drive unit||93 mpg-e|
|2012 Chevrolet Malibu||2.4-liter I-4||33 mpg|
|2013 Chevrolet Malibu Eco||eAssist||37 mpg|
|2012 Chevrolet Camaro||3.6-liter V-6||30 mpg|
|2012 Chevrolet Impala||3.6-liter V-6||30 mpg|
|2012 Chevrolet Equinox||2.4-liter I-4 FWD||32 mpg|
|2012 Buick Verano||2.4-liter I-4||32 mpg|
|2012 Buick Regal||eAssist||36 mpg|
|2012 Buick LaCrosse||eAssist||36 mpg|
|2012 GMC Terrain||2.4-liter I-4 FWD||32 mpg|
By the end of 2012, GM will have all-new or significantly freshened Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars and crossovers in segments that represent 60 percent of the U.S. light vehicle industry. This includes the all-new 2013 Cadillac ATS 2.5-liter and 2.0-liter turbo I-4s, the all-new Chevrolet Spark and the four-cylinder 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, all of which are expected to achieve EPA estimates of 30 mpg highway or better when the ratings are released later this year.
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