Sales of General Motors vehicles in China were up 13.4 percent in August compared to the same period last year. GM and its Chinese partners sold 205,885 more vehicles on an annual basis. Year-to-date sales are also up by 5.4 percent. In total, GM sold 1,652,693 vehicles in the first eight months of 2011 in China.
Both Shanghai GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling set August sales records. Shanghai GM passenger car sales are up 21.7 percent to 98,674 vehicles. For mini-commercial vehicle and passenger car brand SAIC-GM-Wuling (including the new Baojun brand), sales were up 8.2 percent on an annual basis to 102,959 vehicles.
Buick, which is sold under the Shanghai GM umbrella, grew 22.6 percent compared to last August. Chinese buyers purchased 56,026 Buicks last month. The Chinese-market Buick Excelle sedan was up 16.9 percent to 23,700 units. The Excelle XT and GT models were up 32.7 percent. The LaCrosse was up 25.7 percent, while the GL8 family/GL8 luxury MPV was up 37.1 percent.
Chevrolet sales also set an August record: up 20.5 percent from last year, for a total of 46,370 units sold. The Cruze compact saw an increase of 72.7 percent compared to last year, with Chevrolet moving 19,910 units in August. The Aveo, introduced in June, sold 5050 total units for the month. Cadillac sales were also up 55.8 percent. The SRX led the way, selling 1772 of the total 2531 Cadillacs sold in China during August. Wuling mini-commercial vehicle sales were up 6.0 percent from last year, for a total of 95,827 sold.
One Chinese GM division was down in August. FAW-GM, maker of light-duty commercial vehicles, sales were down 30.4 percent from last August. Only 3506 units were sold.