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GM teases December sales; brags on high-mpg cars

8:08 AM, Jan 3, 2013   |    comments
The 2013 Chevrolet Malibu, based on a GM-Europe design, went on sale in limited numbers a year ago. Plentiful supplies of all mdoels finally were available last fall.(Photo: FPI Studios)
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General Motors, teasing its December sales results hours ahead of the scheduled announcement, said the month's totals will make it the first to sell 1 million vehicles in its home market that were rated 30 mpg or more on the highway.

GM also said the numbers will show that sales of its smallest cars -- mini, subcompact and compact -- are up about 39% from a year earlier.

The list it provided of 30-mpg-plus cars includes the Volt extended-range electric, at 98 mpg-e, or miles-per-gallon equivalent, factoring in both electricity consumption for recharging and gasoline use.

"In 2013, we'll introduce new diesel, eAssist and plug-in vehicles in the United States and expand the availability of turbocharged four-cylinder engines. This will give us the most technologically diverse range of fuel-efficient cars and crossovers in the industry," said Mark Reuss, president of GM North America.

First diesel is to be in Cruze compact, according to GM CEO Dan Akerson.

eAssist is GM's name for a mild hybrid system used in some Buick and Chevrolet models, including versions of the Chevy Malibu that's pictured above. .

GM will announce sales details later this morning.

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