GM reported April sales of 213,387 vehicles in the United States but this number doesn’t make the American manufacturer too happy as retail sales were practically equal to April 2011. Furthermore, GM’s fleet sales saw a 25 percent drop due to the timing of rental customer deliveries. GM also increased its full-year light vehicle sales forecast to 14.0 million – 14.5 million units from 13.5 million – 14.0 million units.
The 2012 Chevrolet Sonic was the most important car for GM in the United States as sales increased 38 percent. The Buick Verano sales reached 2,989 units, increasing each month since the car went on sale back in November 2011.
Chevrolet sold 1,462 units of the Volt, but the sales were limited by availability of vehicles in California, where GM is launching a model that qualifies for high-occupancy vehicle lane access.
The Cadillac CTS sedan sales increased by 7 percent year-over-year, while the GMC Sierra sales increased 20 percent. The GMC Terrain sales increased 9 percent, while the Chevrolet Silverado and the Equinox saw a 5 percent and 7 percent increase, respectively.
“We expect gradual improvement in the economy going forward,” said Don Johnson, vice president, U.S. Sales Operations. “Over time, strength in the manufacturing sector and strong retail sales will lead to more job creation. That will help more consumers put the recession behind them, gain even more confidence and drive vehicle sales higher for both the industry and GM.”
The interior of the new GMC Terrain has that superior and rich feel and this is mainly due to the industrial sculpture. That it has refinement is owe to the use of fine materials and the contrast stitching that when combined, give the entire cabin a more structured appearance. The center stack appears as if it is “floating” is where one can see the various controls for features aimed at convenience and ergonomic comfort.
This center stack is highlighted through the use of ambient lighting. Its interior also shows that the brand did not forgot to pay extra attention when it comes to details. As such, the smart use of the compartments and storage space means that they are all suited for different items to be stored. There is for example a two-tier storage that has been placed on the doors and even an oversized glove box.
Just below the center armrest is a closed storage space where one can fit in a laptop. Another closed storage area can be seen in the instrument panel and just on top of the center stack. The GMC Terrain though is not just about the interior but the exterior as well having new distinct design features like the three-element grille. Helping highlight this is the chrome surround now made more pronounced.
Further, the projector-beam headlamps have been placed in rectangular housing that also have chrome accents. Overall, the design is defined by the muscular and strong fender flares which is what GMC is all about when it comes to visuals. While the surfacing is indeed angular, it remains to be refined. By using the squared-off edges, it gives the front section a look that not only strong but also highly capable.
In addition to the sportier and balanced stance, the new GMC Terrain delivers a better and more impressive view of the road. Regarding the GMC Terrain, Global Crossover Vehicles Director of Exterior Design John Cafaro Jr. revealed that for the new version, the brand wanted to veer away from the herd.
He added that GMC wanted the new Terrain to display its character as a new crossover SUV that was powerful and has a strong and confident stance. He continued by saying that the GMC Terrain clearly conveys that customized toughness feel and shows the passion involved in crafting it.