General Motors has become the first global automaker to sell 2 million vehicles in China in a single year. Three years ago GM became the first global automaker to reach the 1 million annual sales mark in China, noted Kevin Wale, President and Managing Director of the GM China Group.
In 2007, GM and its joint ventures sold 1,031,974 vehicles in China. Last year, GM sold 1,826,424 vehicles nationwide. GM has been the sales leader among global automakers in China for five consecutive years. It has kept up the momentum in 2010.
GM and its joint ventures have benefited from record monthly sales throughout the year. In October, GM sold 199,641 vehicles in China, which represented an increase of 19.6% on an annual basis and was an all-time high for the month.
Shanghai GM, GM’s passenger car joint venture, sold 99,003 vehicles in China in October. This was up 44.5% from the same month last year. Its overall sales, including exports, totaled 100,833 units in October.
October sales of Shanghai GM’s Buick brand jumped 35.7% on an annual basis to 54,490 units. Demand for both the new LaCROSSE upper-medium sedan and Excelle family rose more than 40% year on year.
Domestic sales of Chevrolet products in October increased 52.5% year on year to 50,813 units, fueled by all-time monthly sales of the New Sail small car family (14,563 units) and Cruze lower-medium sedan (17,798 units). Chevrolet from Shanghai GM finished first in the recently published 2010 China Automobile Aftersales Customer Satisfaction (CAACS) Index.
Cadillac sales were also strong, totaling 1,716 units in October. The SRX luxury utility vehicle accounted for nearly half of Cadillac sales during the month.
Sales in China by SAIC-GM-Wuling, GM’s mini-commercial vehicle joint venture, rose 5.1 percent on an annual basis in October to 93,935 units. FAW-GM, GM’s light commercial vehicle joint venture, sold 6,505 vehicles in October.
For the first 10 months as a whole, sales by GM and its joint ventures in China were up 35.5% on an annual basis to 1,976,913 units.