The popularity of SAIC-GM’s all-electric vehicles continues to grow healthily in China, where the General Motors joint venture just announced it achieved a new EV sales record in September.
SAIC-GM sold a total of 10,002 electric vehicles during September in China, setting a new monthly EV sales record for the fourth consecutive month. The notable volume achieved by zero-emission models from the Buick, Cadillac and Chevrolet brands last month in the Chinese market represents a significant year-on-year increase of 168 percent, as well as a rise of 24.8 percent compared to the previous month.
In fact, this is the first time that SAIC-GM’s electric vehicle portfolio has exceeded 10,000 units sold in a single month, and marks its highest percentage increase year over year, making the company one of the fastest-growing manufacturers in the zero-emissions category of the Asian country. Once again, the company’s strong EV sales performance in September was driven by the growing popularity of Buick’s electric models.
In particular, the all-new Buick Electra E5 continues to establish itself as SAIC-GM’s best-selling electric vehicle in China’s domestic market with a total of 4,868 units sold over the past month. That’s the Electra E5’s highest monthly sales volume to date, while overall sales surpassed the 17,000-unit mark since the local launch of Buick’s electric crossover at the end of April.
For its part, the Buick Velite 6 EV ranked second among SAIC-GM’s best-selling electric models in September with a remarkable total of 3,578 deliveries. The compact-sized zero-emissions wagon saw a significant increase in popularity thanks to the launch of the vehicle’s new base trim level at the beginning of the month, which made the 2024 Velite 6 EV the lowest-priced car in the entire Buick range currently available in the Chinese market.
Additionally, the Cadillac Lyriq marked a 6-percent month-over-month increase in September to 686 units. While Cadillac’s all-electric crossover still maintains low sales volume due to persistent production constraints, sales of the Lyriq have increased for three consecutive months and look like they may continue their upward trend over the next few months in China.