GM to Sedans: “Never Gonna Give You Up”
Even with other domestic automakers abandoning the passenger car segment, GM is determined to stick with its sedans
In 2016, passenger cars made up 46 percent of Chevrolet’s new vehicle sales. That market share is currently down to a mere 32 percent.
Even so, General Motors is not ready to give up on sedans just yet. Indeed, while Ford and Fiat Chrysler appeared to have abandoned the segment, GM is reportedly doubling down on sedans.
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“It’s a pretty big opportunity for us,” explains Steve Majoros, Chevrolet’s marketing director. “If other competitors are leaving, we’re very happy to pick up that business, and we’ll certainly do that.”
To GM, the sedan segment is a useful tool for introducing customers to its brand via entry-level products. While shrinking, the market for such vehicles is still sizable, with an estimated 4 million customers at the moment.
Many of GM’s brands have already invested in future entries for their respective compact and midsize sedan segments. Chevrolet is set to add updated versions of its Spark, Cruze, and Malibu vehicles for the 2019 model year. Furthermore, Chevrolet will invest in every sedan category sometime during the next few years.
Of course, GM’s brands will still be introducing new crossovers and SUVs during this time. Cadillac is adding the XT4 to its lineup sometime in the next few months, and the Chevrolet Blazer will be making its official return early next year.
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Majoros feels that car sales have “hit the floor” in terms of sales losses, and he expects them to stabilize sometime in the near future. In GM’s view, Ford and FCA removing their sedan models from the market reduces competition.
If GM is wrong, however, then it could stand to lose even more money on a segment with an already declining market share. Only time will tell if GM’s sedan-based strategy pays off.
News Source: Jalopnik
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