General Motors, with its Chinese joint ventures, sold an astounding 231,183 vehicles in China, representing a 21.3 percent year-over-year increase and a 1.7 month-over-month boost. That 231,183 sales includes 127,749 vehicles from SAIC-GM-Wuling, 3,756 from FAW-GM, and 99,113 from Shanghai GM, which is a 7.1 percent year-over-year increase.
Since you’re here to read about GM vehicles, and not those engineered, designed, and conceived by a few fly-by-night organizations, we’re going to focus on sales results of GM Shanghai.
Buick sales were down 1.2 percent over May 2011 to 51,360 units, with sales of the original Excelle up 19 percent to 23,085 sales, while those of the new Excelle XT and GT coming in at a combined 11,985 units.
Chevy sales were up 13.1 percent compared to May of 2011, with 48,563 units sold. The Cruze remained The Bow Tie brand’s most popular model, selling 18,977 units — a 34 percent year-over-year increase. The New Sail followed closely, with 18,733 units sold, or an annual growth of 86.8 percent.
Cadillac sales declined 2.2 percent to 2,205 units. More than half of those sales were attributed to the SRX — which moved 1,754 copies. GM is making plans to grow Cadillac in all kinds of ways in China, so the low sales volume shouldn’t be an immediate concern.
For those who care, sales of Wuling minivans grew 34 percent year-over-year to 119,721 units while the recently-launched Baojun brand sold 5,013 units in May.