Cruze sales remain slow

WARREN — The Chevrolet Cruze remains in the top five of Chevrolet’s best-selling vehicles, but sales slipped badly in the second quarter of 2018 compared to last year, according to numbers released Tuesday by General Motors.

Second quarter domestic deliveries of the vehicle fell to 37,836 in April, May and June from 51,265 over the same three-month period in 2017. That’s a drop of 26.2 percent, the figures show.

Year-over-year numbers starting in January show a similar decline for the vehicle. From January to June 2018, 77,691 Cruzes were delivered in the U.S. compared to 105,188 over the same period in 2017, a decline of 26.1 percent.

The numbers include the Lordstown-built Cruze sedan and the hatchback version of the vehicle built in Mexico. The release does not provide information on how many of either vehicle was sold, nor did a GM official respond to an email seeking that information.

The top selling Chevrolet and GM’s overall No. 1 is the Silverado at 155,529. It’s followed by the Equinox, 73,967; Malibu, 42,267; and the Colorado, 41,016.

Outside of Chevrolet, the top selling vehicle was the GMC Sierra at 59,406.

On Tuesday, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, after touring Vallourec Steel in Youngstown, said he was told by GM CEO Mary Barra it would be too expensive to retool the local complex to build the new Chevrolet Blazer, according to Tribune Chronicle newspartner WKBN 27.

GM announced recently the vehicle would be built in Mexico.