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Chevy Gets Retail Jolt in March from Bolt, Volt

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2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

2017 Chevrolet Bolt EV

Chevrolet saw retail sales totaling 133,705 vehicles in March, a 6.2% year-over-year increase. Chevy’s total sales were down 2.2% at 172,458 units.

Retail-wise, Chevrolet got a big boost from its crossover lineup; sales of the Trax were up 51%, sales of the Equinox were up 26%, and sales of the Traverse were up 24%. In the first quarter, retail sales of Chevy’s three crossovers all increased considerably; Trax was up 54%, Equinox was up 16%, and Traverse was up 7%.

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Bolt EV sales also continued to impress; a total of 978 units were delivered in March, bringing first-quarter sales to 3,092 units delivered despite limited availability and a 14-day-to-turn rate.

Chevy’s truck and SUV sales were up 6% in the first quarter, good for Chevy’s best Q1 sales result since 2008. The way was paved by the Suburban, up 25.9% with 13,445 units delivered; the Tahoe, up 11.3% with 22,653 units delivered; and Silverado, ostensibly flat at 128,467 units delivered. Tahoe and Suburban both achieved nine-year bests for March total sales (9,112 units and 3,889 units, respectively), first quarter sales, and first-quarter retail sales.

Chevy cars saw a 9% leap at retail in March, led by the Cruze, Sonic, Spark, Volt, and Camaro. Overall sales of the Cruze were up 88.3% at 18,607 units delivered, Spark sales increased 45.4% at 3,306 units, and Volt sales increased 14.3% at 2,132 units.

Chevy’s overall first-quarter sales are down 0.2% at 471,723 vehicles delivered, but retail sales are up 1.7% at 362,720 units.

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