As good as GM’s U.S. sales were in October, the results have been eclipsed by the 251,812 vehicles the company and its joint ventures sold in China. The results mark a 14.3 percent year over year increase, while setting a new sales record for the month of October, a record that could once again be broken next year. If the world doesn’t end…
With the numbers broken down, Shanghai GM sold 117,611 vehicles in China during October, a 13.8 percent increase. Meanwhile, SAIC-GM-Wuling saw sales climb 15.9 percent on an annual basis to 129,806 units. Thirdly, FAW-GM sold 4,259 vehicles in China, which is actually down 2.7 percent from October 2011.
As many of you may know, these strong sales numbers are not led by Buick, Chevrolet, Cadillac or even Opel. The highest selling moniker was the Wuling brand, with 118,788 unit sales, a year-on-year increase of 17.0 percent.
On the same token, Buick observed a 7.7 percent sales increase, posting 60,510 sales in China last month. That total figure is actually higher than Chevrolet sales in China for the month, which totaled 54,660 units (20,690 of which were Cruze sales), an overall increase of 8.3 percent from the previous October. The Malibu totaled 7,843 sales during its first October in China.
While the numbers are still low, Cadillac sales in China increased 19.5 percent on an annual basis in October to 2,491 units. Its best-selling model was the SRX, which experienced a sales increase of 31.0 percent to 1,677 units. Meanwhile, Baojun set an all-time monthly sales record, surpassing 10,000 units for the first time, selling a total of 10,968 vehicles.