The U.S. bestsellers’ list for the month of April felt the impact of the Japan disaster and increasing fuel prices. Sales are now skewed towards very efficient cars from the Korean and American carmakers.
Hyundai and Chevrolet had the top two slots on the list. It’s actually the first time that Hyundai topped this list. It was able to achieve this feat with the strong sales of its redesigned 2011 Hyundai Sonata and Elantra sedans.
April sales of the 2011 Elantra sales were up 128.8%, outselling the usual bestsellers like the Ford Focus and Fusion and Nissan Altima.
A newcomer to this top 10 list is the Chevrolet Cruze with 25,160 vehicles sold. This new compact outsold all of its rivals except the Honda Civic. On the other hand, Silverado’s sales lagged, falling from its usual second place to being ranked fourth.
The best-selling vehicle in America for April is still Ford F-Series but the escalating fuel prices have affected that truck’s product mix.
PickupTrucks.com said that V-6-equipped F-150s accounted for 50% of the model’s sales, which is up from 40% in March. For April, the majority of big automakers posted double-digit month-over-month sales growth. In particular, they reported sales increases of Nissan (12.2%), Hyundai (40.3%), GM (26.4%), Ford (16.4%), and Honda (5.7%). Meanwhile, Toyota’s sales dropped by 2.4%.
Chevrolet has taken the veil off the United States-bound production version of the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze compact sedan at the 2009 Los Angeles Auto Show. This US version of the new Chevrolet Cruze has been refined to be laden with an array of features and elements that allow it to defy the common notions about how a North American compact car should be. Moreover, the Cruze serves as a confirmation of Chevrolet's commitment to creating fuel-efficient vehicles powered by small-displacement four-cylinder engines.
This new compact sedan itself is powered by a new Ecotec 1.4-liter I-4 turbo with variable valve timing, allowing it to deliver an anticipated segment-leading fuel economy of up to 40 mpg on the highway.
Brent Dewar, GM Vice President for Chevrolet Global brand, remarked that the Chevrolet Cruze – already a big seller in Europe and Asia – is coming to the United States to challenge the status quo. He noted that the Cruze, along with the Chevrolet Volt EV, is the latest example of how the brand is creating new exciting products ranging from gas-friendly vehicles to gas-free ones.
With a progressive global design created by leveraging the brand’s design and engineering talent in North America, Asia and Europe, the new Chevrolet Cruze offers a high quality proposition with high levels of quietness and attention to detail. Margaret Brooks, Chevrolet product marketing manager, remarked that the new Chevrolet Cruze features quietness and roominess as well as amenities typically found in larger cars.
Brooks noted that the Cruze even offers a more spacious interior and more cargo space than the Honda Civic and Toyota Corolla. Offered in three trim levels -- LS, LT and LTZ trims – the new Chevrolet Cruze comes with an array of standard and available equipment. While the 1.4L turbo is offered as standard, customers may opt for the more powerful 1.8L four-cylinder engine. These engines are mated to either a six-speed automatic gearbox or manual transmissions. Its dynamics is complemented by a MacPherson strut front suspension and Watts Z-link rear suspension.
Riding on 16-, 17- and 18-inch wheels, the 2011 Chevrolet Cruze features anti-lock brakes, standard StabiliTrak electronic stability control and traction control. It also features electronic stability control with rollover sensing as well as rack-mounted electric power steering. Safety is fulfilled by 10 standard air bags: frontal, side-impact and roof rail head curtain air bags, as well as rear seat side air bags and new knee air bags. Interior convenience is ensured by Bluetooth, USB connectivity and navigation system as well as XM Satellite Radio and OnStar. All Cruze models have an interior laden with premium materials and several amazing features.
These features include a stereo system with MP3 playback capability, six speakers as well as an auxiliary jack for personal playback devices. Customers may opt for the Pioneer sound system, a USB port for iPod operation, Bluetooth and a navigation system. Brooks remarked that all Chevrolet Cruze models have features that customers would want regardless of vehicle size or segment. He noted that that a number of optional features could be specified for the Chevrolet Cruze at a very competitive price.
Chevrolet will commence sales of the new Cruze in the US in the third quarter of 2010. Prior to this launch, the new Cruze already spent over 4 million miles in quality and durability testing globally. Chevrolet will assemble the US and Canadian versions of the Cruze in Lordstown, Ohio.