China continues to be a cash cow for General Motors and its joint ventures in the region, with sales increasing 15.3 percent year-over-year in April 2013, tallying a record 261,870 units for the month. Almost every brand broke April sales records, while Cadillac continued its grow to set an all-time monthly sales record.
The results of such a strong April bring GM and its Chinese joint-venture partners to a record 1,078,243 units for the first four months of 2013, an increase of 10.9 percent on an annual basis. It was the first time GM surpassed a million unit sales for the year in April, rather than in the months after.
Broken down, Shanghai GM’s domestic April sales were up 29.2 percent year on year to 121,559 units, SAIC-GM-Wuling’s sales in China were up 5.9 percent to 134,815 units, and FAW-GM’s sales in the domestic market were down 0.3 percent to 5,124 units.
Meanwhile, Buick sales in the domestic market totaled 66,923 units in April 2013 — an increase of 23.9 percent on an annual basis. The original Excelle family recorded 25,336 sales, an increase of 9.3 percent, while sales of the Excelle XT and GT increased 53.7 percent to 18,413 units.
Chevrolet sales in China observed a 21.7 percent rise from April 2012 to 50,559 units. Sales of the Cruze were up 8.6 percent to 17,277 units, making it the brand’s most popular model. It was followed by the Sail, which sold 15,409 units, and the Malibu, which sold 8,786 units.
Cadillac sales in April were up an amazing 99.1 percent from last April to 4,077 units. Over half of the sales came from the SRX, which sold 2,195 units, while 1,802 units came from the XTS.
Lastly, Wuling sales in China rose 5.7 percent on an annual basis in April to 124,556 units. Sales of the Baojun passenger car brand rose 70.5 percent to 10,259 units.