Another month, another record it seems for General Motors and its joint venture partners in China, as the bar has been reset for the month of May, increasing 9.4 percent to 252,942 vehicles sold. That’s practically even with the GM’s U.S. market performance results in the same month, selling 252,984 units.
Broken down, Shanghai GM’s domestic sales rose 18.4 percent from May 2012 to 117,381 units. SAIC-GM-Wuling sold 130,462 vehicles in China,which comes to an increase of 2.1 percent year on year. FAW-GM sold 4,727 vehicles in the domestic market last month, which was up 25.9 percent from last May.
Buick sales in China totaled 63,007 units in May, an increase of 22.7 percent from the same month last year. Sales of its original Excelle family continued to grow, rising 7.2 percent year on year to 24,756 units. Sales of the Excelle XT and GT were also strong, growing 36.9 percent to 16,410 units.
Chevrolet sales in China were up 4.1 percent on an annual basis to 50,531 units. Sales of its most popular model, the Cruze, totaled 18,229 units in May. It was followed by the Sail, which had sales of 16,328 units, and the Malibu, which had sales of 7,983 units.
Cadillac sales were up 74.3 percent on an annual basis to 3,843 units in May. It was the brand’s second-highest monthly sales ever. Leading the way for GM’s luxury brand was the SRX, which had sales of 2,221 units, and the new XTS, which had sales of 1,503 units.
Wuling sales in China rose 1.7 percent year on year in May to 121,756 units. The Baojun brand had sales of 8,706 units in May, which represented an increase of 73.7 percent on an annual basis.
For the first five months of 2013 as a whole, GM and its joint ventures sold a record 1,331,185 vehicles in China, an increase of 10.6 percent year on year. Shanghai GM’s sales in China rose 17.1 percent to 620,968 units, SAIC-GM-Wuling’s domestic sales grew 5.8 percent to 682,354 units and FAW-GM’s China sales were up 2.2 percent to 26,380 vehicles.