Although GM suffered the worst start of the year among the big auto groups, with a decline of 2.2 percent in sales to 377,268 vehicles, its senior management can take heart from the improving demand of the controversial Chevrolet Volt
. Sales surged by 264.1 percent to 1,024 cars compared to February 2011, recovering from the bad publicity it suffered following the battery fire cases that were investigated by the NHTSA at the end of last year, which necessitated a new build enhancement for the car.
In the first two months Chevrolet
sold 1,626 Volt cars, an increase of 170 percent.