Words by Christopher Kho
One would remember that just a few years ago, GM was in deep water and needed to file for bankruptcy protection in 2009 just to survive. But all that has changed after selling 9,025,942 vehicles in 2011, putting GM back as the world's largest automaker - a title it lost in 2007 to Toyota. And helping the company on its way to the top is the Chevrolet Cruze, which sold more than 670,000 examples globally last year and accounting to more than 1.13 million sold since the model was launched in 2009.
GM's subsidiary, Chevrolet, also posted its best global sales record with 4.76 million vehicles sold, driven by the strong performance of cars such as the Spark, Sonic (Aveo), Malibu, Orlando, and Colorado. Topping the bow-tie brand's chart is the U.S. with total vehicle sales reaching 1,775,812 - a 13% increase from 2010 - while China's fast-growing market is catching up with 595,068 units. Other significant year-over-year increases include Vietnam (79%), Russia (49%), Turkey (30%), and Germany (21%).