General Motors and its joint venture partners reported record September sales of 244,266 vehicles in China during September 2012. The results represent a 1.7 percent boost year-over-year and a 10.5 percent increase from August 2012.
In addition, the partners have sold 2,081,812 units through September, slightly higher than the 1,967,715 vehicles sold by GM in the United States during the same time period.
SAIC-GM-Wuling sales totaled 119,510 sales during September, a 0.4 percent increase year over year. Sales of the Wuling brand were down 2.5 percent to 109,502 units while sales of the Baojun brand were up 9,147 from the 1,945 units sold in September 2011.
FAW-GM sales were down 5 percent to 4,581 vehicles.
We saved the best for last, since most GM enthusiasts actually care more about the sales performance of actual GM vehicles, rather than the results of a (possibly forced) joint venture deal that bears no relation to GM’s global product portfolio. In that regard, Shanghai GM sales were up 3.7 percent to an all-time high of 120,010 units.
Chevrolet sales were up 3.2 percent to 56,166 units. The most popular Chevy was the Sail, will 18,786 units sold; the Cruze came in second with 18,338. Meanwhile, the Malibu set an all-time monthly sales record of 8,280 units.
Buick sales were down 1.8 percent to 62,120 units. Sales of the original Excelle family totaled 23,186 units, while those of the Excelle XT and GT came in at 15,311. Sales of the Regal midsize sedan tallied 9,026.
Cadillac continued its downward spiral in anticipation of new product. Only 2,585 vehicles donning the Wreath and Crest were sold — an 8.3 percent decrease. The SRX continued to be the brand’s biggest seller, with 1,800 units sold.
Year To Date
To date, Shanghai GM’s domestic sales are up 6.7 percent to 966,832 units, domestic sales of SAIC-GM-Wuling are up 13.7 percent to 1,070,131 units, while those of FAW-GM are down 1.4 percent to 41,249.