General Motors, headquartered in Detroit, Michigan, is one of the largest automakers in the United States. The car brands offered by GM are Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and GMC. In 2021, General Motors delivered a total of approximately 2.2 million vehicles nationwide, 12.9% less than the 2.5 million vehicles delivered in 2020. Despite years of excellent car sales, GM struggled with employee layoffs and global semiconductor chip shortages. The American automaker dropped to second place behind Toyota last year. GM had been the number one retailer in the United States since 1931. Even with an overall decline in auto sales, GM still managed to release three of the top 20 best-selling vehicles in the United States for 2021.
The Chevrolet Silverado stood out as GM’s best-selling car of the year. Despite being surpassed by both Ford and Ram’s pickup truck lineup, GM still delivered 519,744 units. These sales put the Chevrolet Silverado in third place among the best-selling cars in the United States. Significant changes have been made to the Silverado for 2022. All versions feature a restyled front end, improved cabin materials and large 13.4-inch touchscreen infotainment systems. While these features may seem impressive, the much-loved American pickup isn’t always reliable. Silverado owners have dealt with issues with oil consumption, transmission problems, excessive shaking, won’t start and more.
GM’s next most purchased vehicle was another truck, the GMC Sierra. With approximately 248,924 units sold. Sales fell slightly 1.6% from 2020, but the GMC Sierra truck remains as popular as ever. Trucks alone account for nearly 42% of GMC’s total sales. Like the Chevy Silverado, GMC’s Sierra is not immune to substantial engine problems. In fact, both the Silverado and Sierra are tied to the vehicle most likely to experience engine problems in a total of all 2021 cars by Consumer Reports. Some other common truck problems include an air conditioning malfunction and faulty fuel level sensors.
The automaker’s third best-selling car of the year was the Chevrolet Equinox. With 165,323 vehicles sold, Equinox sales fell 39% in 2021. Despite this, the Equinox is still one of the most popular compact crossover cars of the year. Customers praise the SUV for its fuel economy, safety technology and comfortable interior. Great features aside, not all Equinox owners are happy with their cars. Several customers have complained about transmission failures, electrical problems and malfunctioning AC systems.
The Chevrolet Tahoe is GM’s next most sold vehicle of the year with 106,030 units sold. This is a 20% increase in sales from 2020. The Tahoe is one of America’s favorite SUVs, with much to offer in terms of size, performance and technology features. While the specs on the Tahoe look excellent, unfortunately this model doesn’t have the best track record when it comes to reliability. The Chevrolet Tahoe, like other GM best-selling vehicles, has had numerous reports of engine and transmission problems. Despite the complaints and recalls about several vehicles in the GM lineup, the American automaker was still able to sell a relatively large number of cars in 2021.
Even in years when sales are low, General Motors still manages to sell and deliver more than 2 million vehicles. With such a large amount of cars, there is always a chance that there will be at least some defects that make them unusable and/or unsafe to drive. Fortunately for California consumers, state lemon laws offer plenty of solutions if your vehicle turns into a lemon. Consumers with lemon rights claims may be eligible for a refund, replacement car or monetary compensation. If you have a Cadillac, Chevrolet, GMC, or other vehicle that has been presented to you for multiple repairs under warranty, your vehicle may be a Citroen and you may be entitled to compensation plus the payment of your attorneys’ fees. If you are going up against GM, Chevrolet or any other major car company, we strongly recommend that you contact a GM lemon law qualified legal team for your best chance at an appropriate compensation.