In the battle for global sales domination, it’s been GM versus Toyota versus Volkswagen AG in recent years. And while General Motors saw sales in the first half of 2014 rise by 1.4 percent over last year, Volkswagen reported a rise of 5.9 percent. In all General Motors has sold 4.92 million vehicles globally in the first half of 2014, compared to Volkswagen’s 4.97 million sales.
Though General Motors may be losing the global sales war to Volkswagen, the American automobile manufacturer is doing well for itself in many key battlegrounds, particularly the U.S. and China. Buick saw sales rise by 12 percent during the first half of 2014 compared to one year ago. Likewise, Cadillac saw sales jump 12 percent compared to last year, and 14.2 percent compared to last quarter, with China fueling the company’s sales fire.
The adversity comes from Chevrolet, which saw sales slide in the second quarter by 5.2 percent worldwide compared to the previous quarter. Overall General Motors reported combined sales of a little less than 1.62 million cars in the second quarter of 2014 in the U.S. and China. But it’s only halftime.