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General Motors Corp.'s all-time top sellers

By The Associated Press
updated 3:03 p.m. ET, Sun., Sept. 14, 2008

In its 100 years in business, General Motors Corp. has sold nearly a half-billion vehicles across the globe. The top sellers as GM approaches its 100th birthday Tuesday:

Vehicle Sales

1. Chevrolet Impala 14 million plus
2. Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 12 million plus
3. Opel/Vauxhall Astra/Kadett 12 million plus
4. Oldsmobile Cutlass 11.9 million
5. Opel/Vauxhall Vectra 6.5 million
6. Chevrolet Cavalier 6.2 million
7. Buick LeSabre 6.0 million
8. Chevrolet Camaro 4.8 million
9. OpelAscona/Vauxhall Vectra 4.4 million
10. Pontiac Grand Am 4.0 million

More here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/26705329/?for=cnbc
 

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They seem to lump stuff together by name...

Result, today's W-body Impala gets added to 1960s Impalas with which it doesn't share a bolt or nut, while the "Chevrolet C1500" and "Chevrolet Silverado" and "Chevrolet K2500" etc. are probably considered separate models over the decades...

That's the only explanation I see.
 

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Well, this is apparently a world-wide list. Other than the U.S., Canada and Australia, how well do full-size trucks sell? Although, I am kinda surprised to see the Impala in the number one spot.
It IS world-wide, but North America is such a large market, it's not uncommon to see NA-only models on top.

In the 1990s, the most sold vehicles in the world were GM/Ford fullsize pickups... sold only here...
 

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Come to think of it, if they can count the Kadett and Astra together, it's unfair to separate the fullsize pickups.
 

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Or, maybe it's just a list of GM's top-selling cars of all time.

I'm wondering though, if each model were broken down by each generation (exactly how many different Impalas and Cutlasses were there? at least a dozen), what the list would look like.

For example, say we broke up the Impala into 77-79, 80-90, and 91-96/97, that's three different models, whereas the Celebrity, had the same body the entire course of its run.

Or if different nameplates on the same body, '65 Biscayne/Bel Air/Impala/Caprice for example.

And back in the pre-80s days of the annual restyle, to what degree does one consider a body change? The 71-76 fullsizers had notable styling changes each year, but still used the basic body (roof, doors, cowl, often fenders, hoods and decklids, etc).

It's like Toyota's claim of selling a gozillion Corollas. No, Ford sold a gozillion Model T's and VW sold a gozillion Beetles (though the first and last ones shared not a single nut or bolt); Toyota has merely sold a gozillion Corolla badges affixed to ten completely different products. It's for that reason I completely discount the GM claim of 14 million Impalas.
 

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Yet a good number of those nameplates aren't sold anymore (both a good and bad thing)
 

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Something to think about, 4.8 million Camaros in 35 years. Mustang sold one million in one year, 11 months, and 24 days.
 

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So the Cutlass, Cutlass Ciera, Cutlass Calais, Cutlass Supreme, Cutlass Salon and all the redesigns of each car are counted as one in the same? What about Vista Cruisers and 442s? Are those Cutlasses?
 

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General Motors Corp.'s all-time top sellers

By The Associated Press
updated 3:03 p.m. ET, Sun., Sept. 14, 2008

In its 100 years in business, General Motors Corp. has sold nearly a half-billion vehicles across the globe. The top sellers as GM approaches its 100th birthday Tuesday:

Vehicle Sales

1. Chevrolet Impala 14 million plus
2. Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 12 million plus
3. Opel/Vauxhall Astra/Kadett 12 million plus
4. Oldsmobile Cutlass 11.9 million
5. Opel/Vauxhall Vectra 6.5 million
6. Chevrolet Cavalier 6.2 million
7. Buick LeSabre 6.0 million
8. Chevrolet Camaro 4.8 million
9. OpelAscona/Vauxhall Vectra 4.4 million
10. Pontiac Grand Am 4.0 million
Notice something interesting with that list?

1. Chevrolet Impala 14 million plus Alive, DEAD, Alive, DEAD, ALIVE
2. Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 12 million plus Alive and well
3. Opel/Vauxhall Astra/Kadett 12 million plus Alive and well
4. Oldsmobile Cutlass 11.9 million DEAD
5. Opel/Vauxhall Vectra 6.5 million DEAD
6. Chevrolet Cavalier 6.2 million DEAD
7. Buick LeSabre 6.0 million DEAD
8. Chevrolet Camaro 4.8 million DEAD (to be resurrected)
9. OpelAscona/Vauxhall Vectra 4.4 million DEAD
10. Pontiac Grand Am 4.0 million DEAD

Of their top ten "car" brands, at best, only 40% are Alive and well... Why did GM turn its back on so many great brands?
 

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Or, maybe it's just a list of GM's top-selling cars of all time.

I'm wondering though, if each model were broken down by each generation (exactly how many different Impalas and Cutlasses were there? at least a dozen), what the list would look like...
Yes, this tells us nothing. Model year numbers would be nice.
 

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Camaro #8? Wow! Thats outstanding.

#10- Grand Am? Look how many cars on that list were sold in the US Only.
Cool stuff...really cool!

Why is Vectra on there 2 times?
 

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Notice something interesting with that list?

1. Chevrolet Impala 14 million plus Alive, DEAD, Alive, DEAD, ALIVE
2. Opel/Vauxhall Corsa 12 million plus Alive and well
3. Opel/Vauxhall Astra/Kadett 12 million plus Alive and well
4. Oldsmobile Cutlass 11.9 million DEAD
5. Opel/Vauxhall Vectra 6.5 million DEAD
6. Chevrolet Cavalier 6.2 million DEAD
7. Buick LeSabre 6.0 million DEAD
8. Chevrolet Camaro 4.8 million DEAD (to be resurrected)
9. OpelAscona/Vauxhall Vectra 4.4 million DEAD
10. Pontiac Grand Am 4.0 million DEAD

Of their top ten "car" brands, at best, only 40% are Alive and well... Why did GM turn its back on so many great brands?
Most of these cars are still alive and well today, only they've had 'plastic' surgery.

Vectra = Insignia
Cavalier = Cobalt (a little too well)
LeSabre - LaCrosse
Grand Am = G6 (again, a little too well)

By the way, why is the Vectra listed twice? Why not just total it all together?
 

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Most of these cars are still alive and well today, only they've had 'plastic' surgery.

Vectra = Insignia
Cavalier = Cobalt (a little too well)
LeSabre - LaCrosse
Grand Am = G6 (again, a little too well)

By the way, why is the Vectra listed twice? Why not just total it all together?
You are missing my point... The point was that GM has a fortune tied up in brand names and marketing... when you change a Cavalier to a Cobalt to a Cruze to what have you...

You THROW away ALL of the brand recognition and you start marketing from scratch. How many times has Toyota changed the name of the Corolla? or Honda the Civic? Whats the best selling car of all time? See what I'm getting at?
 

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I'm wondering though, if each model were broken down by each generation (exactly how many different Impalas and Cutlasses were there? at least a dozen), what the list would look like.

For example, say we broke up the Impala into 77-79, 80-90, and 91-96/97, that's three different models, whereas the Celebrity, had the same body the entire course of its run.

Or if different nameplates on the same body, '65 Biscayne/Bel Air/Impala/Caprice for example.

That's the breakdown I'd like to see ... by generation. Then, you'd get a better picture of the best selling models, imho....


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