SHANGHAI – In January, General Motors and its joint ventures set an all-time monthly sales record in China with sales of 348,061 units, an increase of 12.0 percent from January 2013, the previous record month.
Domestic sales by Shanghai GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling and their Buick and Wuling brands all reached all-time highs as well in January.
Shanghai GM sold 171,856 vehicles in China, an increase of 11.4 percent year on year. SAIC-GM-Wuling sold 172,852 vehicles, as domestic demand for its products increased 13.9 percent on an annual basis. Demand in China for FAW-GM’s products dropped 26.1 percent on an annual basis to 3,319 units.
Buick sales in China rose 15.7 percent from the first month of 2013 to 100,127 units. It was the first time that Buick’s monthly sales topped 100,000 units. Its best sellers in January were the Excelle XT and GT, which generated collective demand of 34,176 units, an increase of 44.2 percent. Buick also continued to enjoy strong demand for the GL8 family, which experienced collective sales growth of 114.8 percent to 11,973 units. In addition, the Encore SUV had sales of 9,052 units, which was up 14.9 percent.
Chevrolet sales in the domestic market dropped 0.2 percent year on year to 65,988 units in January. The brand’s most popular model was the Cruze, which sold 22,621 units. Demand for the Sail family also remained strong, with sales of 21,989 units.
Cadillac luxury vehicle sales in China jumped 265.7 percent to 5,741 units in January. Sales of the SRX jumped 96.1 percent to 2,812 units, while sales of the XTS totaled 2,365 units in the nameplate’s first January on the market.
Wuling sales in China reached 163,886 units in January, which was up 13.2 percent from the same month last year. Its best-selling model was the Hong Guang family, whose sales grew 69.9 percent to 81,153 units. Baojun, GM’s entry-level passenger car brand in China, had sales growth of 27.8 percent to 8,966 units.
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 12 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 58,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2013, GM sold nearly 3.2 million vehicles in China. More information on General Motors in China can be found at GM Media Online.