X

General Motors China Sales Increase 10.7 Percent To 382,723 Vehicles In October 2017

General Motors and its joint ventures reported 382,723 new vehicle deliveries for October 2017 in China, a 10.7 percent increase from October 2016. The results represent a new October sales record for GM China.

The Chevrolet, Buick, Cadillac and Baojun brands posted sales gains, while Wuling sales decreased. In fact, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Baojun posted all-time sales records for October. SUVs remained the fastest-growing segment for GM, with sales surging 64 percent year over year.

GM is launching more than 10 new and refreshed models in the second half of 2017, including the new Buick Regal, Baojun 310 Wagon and Wuling Hong Guang S3 SUV.

In the first ten months of 2017, GM and its joint ventures delivered a record 3,130,862 units in China, an increase of 2.2 percent.

Shanghai GM Sales – October 2017

October 2017 sales results at Shanghai GM — GM’s primary joint venture in China responsible for Chevrolet, Buick, and Cadillac vehicle sales — were as follows.

Chevrolet China Sales – October 2017

Chevrolet sales increased 17 percent to 61,065 units, setting a new October sales record:

Buick China Sales – October 2017

Buick sales increased 2.1 percent to 107,297 units, setting a new October sales record:

In March, Buick announced the Buick Velite 5 — its first extended-range electric vehicle (EREV). Essentially a Buick-badged second-generation Chevrolet Volt, the vehicle has fuel consumption as low as 0.9 liter/100 kilometers. In the coming two years, the brand will launch plug-in hybrid and pure battery electric vehicles to expand its green car lineup. In addition, the brand has also announced the all-new 2018 Buick Regal. With 10 variants on offer, the new Regal will build on the success of the popular premium sedan nameplate.

Cadillac China Sales – October 2017

GM’s Cadillac luxury brand continued to build its presence in the Chinese market, increasing sales 36.1 percent to 17,018 units, the brand’s 20th consecutive month of double-digit sales growth in China. The results represented a new October record for the brand. Cadillac sales highlights included:

Cadillac’s sales performance in China led the brand’s U.S. sales volume by 3,087 units during the month. See more about Cadillac sales for October 2017.

SAIC-GM-Wuling Sales – October 2017

October 2017 sales results at GM’s other Chinese joint venture — SAIC-GM-Wuling — were as follows:

Baojun China Sales – October 2017

Baojun sales increased 56 percent to 104,755 units, setting a new October sales record:

  • Baojun 510 sales exceeded 45,000 units, recording the seventh consecutive month as the brand’s most popular model
  • Baojun 310 wagon sales totaled nearly 14,000 units in its fourth full month on the market
  • Baojun E100 sales surpassed 1,700 units in its launch market in Liuzhou, Guangxi; the E100 is Baojun’s first fully electric vehicle

Wuling China Sales – October 2017

Wuling sales decreased 14.9 percent to 92,588 units:

  • Wuling Hong Guang sales surpassed 42,000 units
  • Wuling Rong Guang sales totaled nearly 38,000 units

“Wuling will continue to extend its presence in China’s passenger car market,” said Mike Devereux, executive vice president of SAIC-GM-Wuling. “We will launch our first Wuling SUV, the Hong Guang S3, in November to meet our customers’ evolving demands.”

Sales Results - October 2017 - China - Baojun

MODELOCT 2017 / OCT 2016OCTOBER 2017OCTOBER 2016YTD 2017 / YTD 2016 YTD 2017YTD 2016
BAOJUN TOTAL+55.96% 104,75567,169+45.30%744,962 512,703

Sales Results - October 2017 - China - Wuling

MODELOCT 2017 / OCT 2016OCTOBER 2017OCTOBER 2016YTD 2017 / YTD 2016 YTD 2017YTD 2016
WULING TOTAL-14.87% 92,588108,760-18.56%893,200 1,096,813

Sales Results - October 2017 - China - Jiefang

MODELOCT 2017 / OCT 2016OCTOBER 2017OCTOBER 2016YTD 2017 / YTD 2016 YTD 2017YTD 2016
JIEFANG TOTAL-100.00% 036-100.00%0 432

Sales Results - October 2017 - China - Chevrolet

MODELOCT 2017 / OCT 2016OCTOBER 2017OCTOBER 2016YTD 2017 / YTD 2016 YTD 2017YTD 2016
CHEVROLET TOTAL+16.99% 61,06552,195+2.14%407,672 399,115

Sales Results - October 2017 - China - Cadillac

MODELOCT 2017 / OCT 2016OCTOBER 2017OCTOBER 2016YTD 2017 / YTD 2016 YTD 2017YTD 2016
CADILLAC TOTAL+36.12% 17,01812,502+58.21%141,643 89,530

Sales Results - October 2017 - China - Buick

MODELOCT 2017 / OCT 2016OCTOBER 2017OCTOBER 2016YTD 2017 / YTD 2016 YTD 2017YTD 2016
BUICK TOTAL+2.12% 107,297105,071-2.29%943,385 965,455

Sales Results - October 2017 - China - GM Totals

BRANDOCT 2017 / OCT 2016OCTOBER 2017OCTOBER 2016YTD 2017 / YTD 2016 YTD 2017YTD 2016
BAOJUN TOTAL+55.96% 104,75567,169+45.30%744,962 512,703
JIEFANG TOTAL-100.00% 036-100.00%0 432
WULING TOTAL-14.87% 92,588108,760-18.56%893,200 1,096,813
CHEVROLET TOTAL+16.99% 61,06552,195+2.14%407,672 399,115
CADILLAC TOTAL+36.12% 17,01812,502+58.21%141,643 89,530
BUICK TOTAL+2.12% 107,297105,071-2.29%943,385 965,455
GM CHINA TOTAL+10.70% 382,723345,733+2.18%3,130,862 3,064,048

About The Numbers

  • All percent change figures compared to GM China October 2016 sales, except as noted
  • Starting with April 2015 sales results, GM began reporting retail sales rather than wholesales in China. All numbers above represent retail sales.

Further Reading & Sales Reporting

  • Sweepstakes Of The Month: Win a 2023 Corvette Z06. Details here.
Alex Luft: GM Authority Founder with a passion for global automotive business strategy.

View Comments (4)

  • OK - so, Alex, this is good news.

    As usual, I ask: what's it mean after SAIC takes their cut, and all the other variables that enter into it? (Exchange rates, etc.).

    Oh, and a couple more questions:
    - do you think Cadillac is becoming the vehicle Buick used to represent in China? And ...

    - do you see GM's EV technology developing faster in China than it is NA? (Like, it's a good (huge) place to perfect EV, and more).

    Sorry to bug. Just curious, and trying to dig a little deeper).

    Cheers - CC

    • Hey CC,

      Sorry for the late reply. The workload and news cycle are intense this week, but I bookmarked your question to return to - so here goes.

      1. To factor in SAIC's cut, we might as well cut these sales in half. That's the (rough) net-net of the impact to GM's bottom line.

      2. No, I don't think Cadillac is becoming what Buick is/was in China. Cadillac is becoming a thing of its own... and the Chinese really value anything European and American. They couldn't get a Cadillac in the past because of the sky-high prices (due to import taxes) and very crappy availability.

      http://gmauthority.com/blog/2017/09/why-cadillac-sales-are-up-in-china/

      Buick isn't really seen as a luxury brand... its popularity is not that big outside the entry-level models (Excelle), which sells for what a Cruze sells for here.

      3. From what I know, GM's EV efforts have not at all been focused on China (this is as recent as of one or two months ago). However, this could change with China's recently-announced EV targets... which I expect will be revised to be less aggressive.

  • EV sales in China is increasing because the buyers want them. In the U.S., most buyers don't want EVs because they don't care about the benefits of an EV or reducing emissions. Since gasoline prices are artificially kept low, ICEVs sell better, but an EV is still cheaper in consumed energy cost and has the lowest TCO. This is why the Chevy Bolt EV is now the sales leader for its price range and has passed the Chevy Volt in monthly sales. Buyers love it!

    • Ummm... well, I'm not so sure about the notion that Chinese car buyers "want" EVs. I don't see this being the case whatsoever. In fact, I'd peg natural EV demand in China to be even lower than in the States.

      Now, this could all be manipulated by government subsidies and such... which are actually the reason that cars like the Buick Verano GS with a tiny turbo engine exist in China... and there's nothing "GS or Grand Sport" about it.