General Motors and its joint venture partners sold 339,781 vehicles in China in January 2015, a 2.4 percent decrease from January 2014.
The decrease in year-over-year sales is a first for GM China in years, and is the result of low inventories caused by the record-setting December 2014 sell-out, during which sales grew 31.9 percent.
“Shanghai GM’s all-time record sales in December resulted in fewer products available for dealers to sell in January,” said GM Executive Vice President and President of GM China Matt Tsien. “Our production facilities have been working overtime to help meet demand for popular models such as the Buick Envision, Regal and LaCrosse, and ramping up production of new models such as the Chevrolet Sail 3.”
Domestic sales at Shanghai GM — The General’s primary joint venture in China responsible for Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac vehicle sales — decreased 6.9 percent year-over-year to 160,067 units. Each one of the three GM brands — Chevy, Buick, and Cadillac — posted a drop in sales.
Buick sales in China dropped 9.6 percent on an annual basis to 90,508 units. The original Excelle family remained the best-selling Buick model in China, selling 22,454 units. It was followed by Excelle XT and GT, which sold 20,867 units. The Regal sold 11,893 units while the LaCrosse sold 11,672 units. Combined sales of Buick crossovers — the Envision, Encore, and Enclave — totaled 15,836 units.
Chevrolet domestic sales in China dropped 2.3 percent on an annual basis to 64,490 units. The Cruze remained Chevy’s most popular model, selling 26,200 units — up 15.8 percent year-over-year. It was followed by the Sail family, which sold 19,103 units, and the Malibu, which sold 11,325 units.
Cadillac sales in China totaled 5,069 units, down 672 units from from January 2014.
The SRX was the best-selling model, selling 2,323 units, followed by 1,809 units of the ATS family.
SAIC-GM-Wiling sales grew 3.5 percent to 178,903 units.
Sales of commercial vehicle brand Wuling were down 11.1 percent from January 2014 to 145,687 units. The Hong Guang family remained the most popular Wuling model, with sales of 70,580 units.
Baojun sales jumped 270.5 percent to 33,216 units. The Baojun 730 MPV was the most popular Baojun model.
FAW-GM’s domestic sales were down 75.6 percent to 811 units.