General Motors and its joint ventures recorded 3,870,587 new vehicle deliveries in China during the 2016 calendar year, an increase of 7.1 percent from calendar year 2015. The sales performance represents an all-time new high for the automaker in China.
“GM worked closely with our joint venture partners to achieve launch excellence across all brands in the past year,” said GM Executive Vice President and President of GM China Matt Tsien. “In 2017, we will continue to listen to our customers’ needs and meet their demands with a strong product lineup.”
On a market basis, China remained GM’s largest market in terms of retail sales for the fifth consecutive year, accounting for more than one-third of the company’s global sales.
Shanghai GM Sales – Calendar Year 2016
Shanghai GM — GM’s primary joint venture in China responsible for Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac vehicle sales — sales results were as follows.
Cadillac China Sales – Calendar Year 2016
With successful launches of the CT6 prestige sedan and XT5 luxury crossover last year, Cadillac deliveries increased 46 percent year-over-year to 116,406 units. It was the first time ever that Cadillac sales topped 100,000 units in China.
Buick China Sales – Calendar Year 2016
Chevrolet China Sales – Calendar Year 2016
Chevrolet sales began to rebound in the third quarter of 2016, reaching 525,273 units in 2016. The newly-launched Malibu XL, Cruze and Cavalier sedans drove the brand through its model changeover period. The brand will introduce more than 20 new or refreshed products in China by the end of 2020.
SAIC-GM-Wuling Sales – Calendar Year 2016
Sales results at GM’s other Chinese joint venture — SAIC-GM-Wuling — were as follows:
Baojun China Sales – Calendar Year 2016
Baojun sales rose 49 percent to 688,390 units in 2016 thanks to robust momentum from strong products like the Baojun 730 MPV and Baojun 560 SUV. The successful launch of the Baojun 310 hatchback provided supplemental sales volume.
Wuling China Sales – Calendar Year 2016
Wuling sales totaled 1,359,638 units in 2016, allowing it to maintain its leading position in the mini-commercial vehicle market.
GM China Sales By Segment
In 2016, deliveries of GM SUVs jumped 45 percent from a year earlier to 673,409 units. GM’s comprehensive SUV portfolio includes the Buick Envision and Baojun 560, which were among the segment leaders with year-on-year growth of 52 percent and 116 percent, respectively.
GM MPV sales increased 5 percent to 1,061,156 units in 2016. The new-generation GL8 reached the market in November, setting a new benchmark for large luxury MPVs.
In 2016, GM launched 13 new and refreshed models in China, putting it on track to fulfill its plan to introduce 60 models through 2020. The automaker is focused on the luxury, SUV and MPV segments. About 40 percent of GM’s product launches in China through 2020 will be SUVs and MPVs.
About The Numbers
Starting with April 2015 sales results, GM began reporting retail sales rather than wholesales in China. All numbers above represent retail sales.