SUV Sales Stars: GM Produces One Millionth Chevrolet Equinox, GMC Terrain Crossover
GM is celebrating a milestone this week, as a very special 2013 GMC Terrain Denali rolled off the line at the automaker’s CAMI plant. The quicksilver metallic Denali is the one millionth vehicle to be produced on the small SUV platform that also underpins the Chevrolet Equinox.
Both the Equinox and Terrain are strong contenders in the small SUV segment, with the Equinox continuously coming in third place below the Ford Escape and Honda CR-V in monthly sales and year-to-date sales. Add the two crossovers together though, and they overtake the segment’s top contenders with 237,688 units sold through September – 24,307 more than the first-place CR-V. Since the Equinox and Terrain launched in 2009, they’ve increased in popularity, with sales jumping from 138,248 examples sold in 2009, to 283,491 units in 2011. This year appears to be no different, as 2012 sales are on track to beating last year’s.
Though the popular 2.4-liter four-cylinder experienced a supply issue a while back, the two SUVs also offer an updated 301-hp 3.6-liter V-6. “In a segment filled with strong competitors, the Equinox’s V-6 option provides an asset few can match,” we said in our 2013 Chevrolet Equinox LTZ V-6 First Drive. The Equinox’s platform-mate also gets the updated engine plus a new Terrain Denali premium trim level. Both SUVs now offer GM’s MyLink connectivity system.