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Trucks and SUVs Continue to Be Top Sellers for Chevrolet During the First Quarter of the Year

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Models like the Equinox and the Colorado experienced sales increases, even as Chevrolet's overall sales fell 7.8 percent

2019 Chevrolet Equinox
The Chevrolet Equinox continued to eclipse competitors in its segment
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During the first few months of 2019, SUVs and trucks continued to dominate the new vehicle market. The latest data from Chevrolet shows that this trend was certainly true for the Chevy brand.

Sales for popular Chevy models like the Colorado and Equinox were up during the first quarter of 2019.

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The Equinox was one of Chevrolet’s highest-selling vehicles last quarter, second only to the Silverado. Chevrolet sold 88,500 Equinox models during the first quarter of the year.

During the first quarter of 2018, Chevy sold 82,398 Equinox vehicles. This accounts for a year-over-year increase of 7.4 percent.

Chevrolet’s other compact crossovers and SUVs, such as the Trax, also managed to net sales increases. Trax sales were up 20 percent during the year’s first quarter, with 24,580 units delivered.

As Silverado sales fell, Colorado sales were on the rise
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Chevrolet’s smaller truck, the Colorado, saw significant sales increases during this period. Sales for the Colorado were up by 16.1 percent, with 33,494 Colorado models sold.

Sales for the larger Silverado, meanwhile, were on a decline. While the Chevy Silverado remained Chevrolet’s highest-selling vehicle with 114,313 Silverado trucks delivered, that represents a 15.7 percent sales decrease compared to the Silverado’s sales during the first quarter of 2018.

2019 Chevrolet Malibu XL
The Malibu benefited from being one of Chevrolet’s last remaining sedans
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Chevrolet’s decision to stick with the Malibu as its flagship sedan seems to have paid off for the brand. Malibu sales remained steady during the year’s first quarter, with 34,197 Malibu models sold.

Meanwhile, the Chevrolet Cruze, which is on the way out, saw massive sales declines. Cruze sales were down to 23,311 units, a sales loss of 41.5 percent.

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By the end of the year’s first quarter, Chevrolet sold 452,401 new vehicles nationwide. During the first quarter of 2018, Chevrolet’s new vehicle sales totaled 490,919 units, meaning Chevy is currently facing an overall sales decline of 7.8 percent.

You can take a closer look at Chevrolet’s sales from the first quarter using the sales chart included below:

Chevrolet First Quarter 2019 Sales

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