Chevrolet’s Cruze has now reached three million sales worldwide.
The best-selling Chevrolet model crossed the milestone this month, 16 months after selling its 2 millionth model.
Chevy said the Cruze has proved itself a global player among small cars and is assembled in eleven plants, sold un one-hundred and eighteen countries.
“The Cruze is an extremely adaptable car that can cater to the demands of nearly every market in the world,” said Alan Batey, GM executive vice president of Global Chevrolet. “It is a testament to Chevrolet’s global focus and capabilities to offer a car that is so highly regarded in so many places.”
Since launching in 2008, the Cruze has collected 39 product awards in China, 27 in the U.S. and 12 in Brazil, amongst others, said Chevy.
The company added it is committed to building product in – or near – the markets where they are sold, which lead to the Cruze being built in 11 different countries on five continents and sold in 118 countries.
“Small car sales around the world have been growing exponentially as emerging markets, in Asia and South America, increase car ownership while mature markets, like the U.S., downsize for fuel economy,” said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst for AutoTrader.com. “Small cars like the Cruze are driving sales globally and will continue to do so.”
The Cruze endured intensive durability testing, added Chevy, including extreme weather tests and more than 210 crash tests tailored to the regulatory demands of the countries where it is sold.
To appeal to the different markets’ tastes, the Cruze is available in three body styles, including a four-door sedan, five-door hatchback and station wagon. Depending on the market, the Cruze is powered by one of five different engines, 1.4-, 1.6-, and 1.8-liter gasoline engines, and 1.7- and 2-liter diesel engines.
“The cost of energy is going to be an issue for a long time and in most markets that’s a big consideration,” said Joe Phillippi of AutoTrends Consulting in Andover, N.J. “If you can offer someone very affordable, high quality transportation at an affordable price with a substantial package of safety equipment, that’s a big plus.”
Chevrolet explained it recently launched a new version of the Cruze catering to the styling and packaging demands of Chinese customers. Cruze sales in China lead all countries with 1.13 million sold since launch in 2009.
For the U.S. market in 2015, the Cruze will have OnStar with 4G LTE standard, providing passengers with a mobile Wi-Fi Hotspot for up to seven devices. Chevy added he 2015 Cruze will also have Siri Eyes Free integration, allowing users to text, call, ask for directions and even send email while keeping their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel.
The U.S.-market 2015 Cruze has an available 2.0L turbocharged clean diesel engine, allowing drivers to cruise 717 miles on one tank of fuel.
The top 10 Markets for the Cruze are as follow, with total sales through July 2014:
China 1.13 million
South Korea 73,000
South Africa 27,000