Reaches 1 million sales milestone Monday; earliest date ever
SHANGHAI – General Motors and its joint ventures in China set a domestic sales record for April of 227,217 vehicles. Demand was up 11.7 percent from the same month in 2011.
Its strong performance in April took GM’s sales for the first four months of the year to 972,369 units, an increase of 9.4 percent on an annual basis.
“GM and our joint ventures today sold our 1 millionth vehicle in China this year,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group. “This is the sixth time and the earliest in our history that we have reached this important milestone in China. It has put us on track to once again set a new sales mark for the year as a whole.”
In April, Shanghai GM’s domestic sales were down 2.2 percent year on year to 94,101 units. SAIC-GM-Wuling’s sales in China were up 27.0 percent on an annual basis to an April record 127,362 units. FAW-GM’s sales in the domestic market totaled 5,141 units.
Buick sales reached 54,013 units, an all-time high for April and an increase of 1.7 percent year on year. The original Excelle family had sales of 23,179 units, up 29.2 percent on an annual basis, while sales of the Excelle XT and GT increased 18.3 percent to 11,981 units.
Chevrolet sales in China decreased 6.2 percent on an annual basis in April to 41,555 units. Sales of the New Sail jumped 48.0 percent on an annual basis to 16,305 units. Cruze sales increased 7.6 percent from the same month in 2011 to 15,914 units.
Cadillac sales came in at 2,048 units in April. Sales of the SRX luxury utility vehicle once again topped 1,500 units.
Wuling sales in China were up 22.0 percent on an annual basis to 117,829 units, an April record. The Baojun 630 sedan had sales of 6,018 units in its first April in the market.
In the first four months of 2012, Shanghai GM had domestic sales growth of 6.2 percent to 431,309 units, SAIC-GM-Wuling generated domestic sales growth of 12.6 percent to 517,271 units and FAW-GM sold 22,059 vehicles locally.
General Motors traces its roots back to 1908. GM has 11 joint ventures, two wholly owned foreign enterprises and more than 35,000 employees in China. GM and its joint ventures offer the broadest lineup of vehicles and brands among automakers in China. Passenger cars and commercial vehicles are sold under the Baojun, Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet, Jiefang, Opel and Wuling brands. In 2011, GM sold more than 2.5 million vehicles in China. It has been the sales leader among global automakers in the market for seven consecutive years.