Normal Motors, America’s largest automaker, offered virtually twice as many vehicles within the first quarter of 2022 because it did within the first quarter of final yr. Not autos. Automobiles. Old style sedans and coupes are again in fashion.
Sedans Have Had a Tough Yr
The basic household sedan has appeared to be on life help in recent times. Ford has deserted the sedan market utterly within the U.S. Chrysler has introduced the tip of the road for its 300 sedan, and company sibling Dodge has introduced the tip of its Charger and Challenger. The Volkswagen Passat is on the way in which out, as is its Arteon sedan (although it might get an electrical alternative), and the Nissan Maxima will retire after the 2023 mannequin yr.
In that local weather, the Chevy Malibu appears an unlikely candidate for an enormous gross sales surge — however that’s precisely what has occurred. GM Authority studies that Malibu gross sales elevated a jaw-dropping 563% year-over-year within the second quarter.
Not Simply the Malibu
It wasn’t the one GM automotive to see a gross sales leap. Chevy offered 63% extra Camaros and eight% extra Corvettes than a yr in the past, regardless of important provide chain challenges slowing Corvette manufacturing. Each of Cadillac’s sedans, the CT4 and CT5, additionally noticed gross sales leap.
Solely two vehicles noticed their gross sales lower. Bolt electrical automobile (EV) gross sales dropped 76%. GM paused Bolt gross sales final yr after a collection of recollects as a consequence of battery fires, and although the corporate says the issue has been fastened, automotive patrons have been gradual to embrace the mannequin. The tiny Chevy Spark additionally noticed its gross sales decline dramatically after GM introduced that it could discontinue the finances mannequin. Individuals purchased simply 47 sparks between April and June.