Normal Motors, America’s largest automaker, bought nearly twice as many automobiles within the first quarter of 2022 because it did within the first quarter of final yr. Not automobiles. Vehicles. Old school sedans and coupes are again in model.
Sedans Have Had a Tough 12 months
The basic household sedan has appeared to be on life help lately. 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 substitute), 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 stories 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 soar. Chevy bought 63% extra Camaros and eight% extra Corvettes than a yr in the past, regardless of vital provide chain challenges slowing Corvette manufacturing. Each of Cadillac’s sedans, the CT4 and CT5, additionally noticed gross sales soar.
Solely two automobiles 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 result of battery fires, and although the corporate says the issue has been fastened, automotive consumers have been sluggish to embrace the mannequin. The tiny Chevy Spark additionally noticed its gross sales decline dramatically after GM introduced that it might discontinue the price range mannequin. Individuals purchased simply 47 sparks between April and June.