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General Motors said its Chevrolet unit sold a record number of cars and trucks in 2013 as strong demand from drivers in the United States, China, Brazil and Mexico offset sharp weakness in Russia.

Chevy sold 4,984,126 vehicles globally in 2013, GM said, an increase of less than 1 percent over 2012. The Cruze small car remained Chevy’s best-selling nameplate globally. The company has sold more than 2.5 million Cruzes since the vehicle was launched in 2008. The Sonic and Equinox also recorded their best sales years ever; and the Chevrolet Volt remains the best-selling plug-in in the U.S.

“With 25 product launches around the world, including all-new versions of our most iconic nameplates – Corvette, Impala and Silverado – 2013 was a significant year for the Chevrolet brand,” said Alan Batey, General Motors senior vice president, Global Chevrolet. “The strength of our new products coupled with a greatly transformed retail experience allowed Chevrolet to attract more consumers to the brand and achieve record global sales.”

Sales in the United States, China, Brazil and Mexico – Chevy’s four largest markets – were up a combined 4 % during the year. But sales in Russia, the company’s fifth-largest market, tumbled 14.8 %, GM said.