Chevrolet Cruze overtakes Toyota Corolla, Honda Civic in September sales

Article by Christian A., on October 4, 2012

Chevrolet Cruze has been able to keep its sales momentum from last month. In doing so, it has beaten rivals Toyota Corolla and Honda Civic in the compact car segment for the month of September. Meanwhile, the Volkswagen Jetta and Mazda3 are in a tight race. A total of 25,787 Chevrolet Cruze units were sold last month, earning it the top position.

Coming in second was the Toyota Corolla with 23,026 units sold. Even when Civic sales are higher by 57% in year-over-year sales, the compact Honda still fell from second place in August to reach third in September. But when it comes to year-to-date sales, the Civic continues to have the No. 1 spot. Meanwhile, the Corolla/Matrix is behind by about 11,000 units.

Ford Focus has remained in fourth place while the Hyundai Elantra is back in fifth place with 18,305 units sold. The Volkswagen Jetta is ahead with a lead of only 719 units against the Mazda3. The Nissan Sentra took the No. 8 spot with 9345 units.

However, it could go up further with the upcoming release of its new and improved model. Even when the Dodge Dart started to be available at the end of June, it’s fast gaining ground and is approaching the sales figures of the Kia Forte and Subaru Impreza.

Chevy Cruze sports the signature Chevrolet look – a bold face featuring a two-tier grille with its iconic Bowtie logo. The car has sporty, coupe-like proportions due to its arching roofline which connects to its steeply raked windshield and fast-sloping rear pillars.

Prominent headlamp housings wrap around the corners of the car and upward in the fenders and its sculpted hood. This, along with a short rear deck (commonly found on sports coupes), add to the car’s sporty look. The wheels are situated at the corners with only minimal front and rear overhands. These elements and its wide, confident stance work together to achieve its aggressive look. Compared to its competitors, the Chevy Cruze is wider and longer. Its compact frame is due to its taut, tightly drawn bodywork while the controlled use of exterior trim improves its high-quality aura. Overall, it has a “purposeful precision” to its overall look.

The same precision is maintained in its build quality. Chevrolet’s assembly plant in Lordstown is equipped with the latest body-framing and welding equipment to manufacture a very solid body structure – which equates to minimum production variance and repeatable gap tolerances of 3 mm or less between most of the exterior panels. In layman’s term, this means that customers are given a brand new, high-quality car that will last ages.

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