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Chevy May Be Big In The U.S.A., But They’re Huge In Uzbekistan

Posted in auto industry, Bizarre, Car Buying, Chevrolet, General, GM by Kurt Ernst | July 6th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |

Engines on the production line in Uzbekistan

General Motors has a 19.2% share of the 2010 new vehicle market in the United States, a position that Ford (17%), Chrysler (9.4%), Toyota (15.1%) or Honda (10.6%) would kill for. By almost any standard, nearly 20% market share is respectable, until you compare it to Chevrolet’s market dominance in Uzbekistan.

Year to date, Chevrolet has sold 59,000 of 63,000 new vehicles in Uzbekistan. That works out to a rather impressive 94% market share, but it gets better: when you remove commercial trucks from the equation, Chevy’s market share jumps to 98.6%. Does anyone else smell a monopoly?

Why the huge numbers? As Autoblog points out, it’s largely thanks to Uzbeki loyalty to domestically produced vehicles. GM is part owner of an Uzbeki plant that produces Chevy badged Daewoos, under model names such as the Chevy Matiz, the Chevy Lacetti (well known by fans of Top Gear) and the Chevy Captiva. I’m sure there are other reasons as well (tariffs on imported vehicles, most likely), but Chevy doesn’t care. After all, who wouldn’t want to be the best selling new car brand in Uzbekistan?

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