Yes, you read that correctly. A mere two units have reached customers in 2023 thus far.
General Motors has released sales data for the first quarter of 2023 and, for the most part, the results are encouraging. Until your eyes rest on the 2023 GMC Hummer EV delivery figures, at least. During the first three months of the year, the American giant has delivered just two units to customers across America.
This is rather strange - especially given the strong demand for these vehicles - but there's a very good reason for the paltry delivery figures. Last year, General Motors issued a stop sale for the Hummer EV Pickup and Brightdrop Zevo 600 commercial van, owing to an issue with incorrectly sealed battery packs.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), just 797 units were affected. So why are deliveries so low?
A spokesperson for General Motors spoke to The Fast Lane Truck, explaining that production was paused to rectify the issue. "We were under a recall/stop-delivery, and we halted production to fix it. Production resumed on January 30 of this year, and shipments resumed right [at] the end of Q1. [The] Q2 sales report will show deliveries of both the Hummer EV Pickup and SUV."
While the delay may have been frustrating, waiting customers can now rest in the fact that vehicles are finally leaving the factory once again. It's worth noting that GM supplied 99 examples to customers in the first quarter of 2022, meaning deliveries dropped by 98% during the same period this year.
This was GM's only anomaly in an otherwise positive delivery report.
Bolt and Bolt EUV sales increased by a staggering 5,402.8% compared to last year, with a healthy 19,700 units leaving showroom floors in the first quarter. This monumental increase shows that consumers have put their faith in the compact electric vehicle again following the battery fire debacle that nearly killed the EV's reputation. Chevrolet worked tirelessly to restore the Bolt's image, and it's worked.
Elsewhere, Cadillac managed to sell 968 units of the Lyriq luxury crossover, which isn't bad when you consider the $58,590 starting price.
As you'd expect, the best-selling vehicle from General Motors in Q1 was the Silverado lineup, with a total of 126,992 units reaching customers. The Sierra family comes in second, with a total of 67,198 delivered during the same period. Other strong sellers include the Equinox (52,902), Malibu (37,438), Traverse (31,533), and Trailblazer (27,951).
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