General Motors Co. sold 100,000 units or more fuel-efficient models in March in the U.S. In particular, this is the combined sales of the 12 GM vehicles that earned an EPA-estimated 30 mpg or better on the highway -- the highest total that the automaker has ever reached. GM is expected to release the full details of its March sales on April 3.
Mark Reuss, president of GM North America, said that GM has timed its strategic investments in four-cylinder and turbocharged engines, advanced transmissions and vehicle electrification very well. Three years ago, only around 16% of GM’s sold vehicles achieved at least 30 mpg on the highway.
This number is about 40% currently. It will soon release more fuel-efficient models, which include the Chevrolet Spark, Cadillac ATS and the Buick Encore.
GM expects that by the end of this year, it will have all-new or considerably updated Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac cars and crossovers in segments that stand for 60% of the U.S. light vehicle industry. These include 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.
These are all predicted to enter EPA estimates of 30 mpg highway or better when the ratings come out later this year. General Motors Co and its partners build models in 30 countries.
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