General Motors has today announced that for the second time in its history, it has reached the 2 million vehicles sold in a calendar year milestone in China today, beating its previous record by two weeks and four days.
GM last hit the milestone on November 4, 2010, becoming the first foreign automaker to sell 2 million cars, trucks, and SUVs in China.
GM credits the achievement to Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet, as well as its SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture.
Demand for Buick vehicles in China has risen 24 percent this year. Last month the Buick Excelle (China’s version of the new-to-U.S. Buick Verano) reported a sales gain of 16.9 percent over last year. The hatchback version of the Buick Excelle, the Excelle XT, and the sporty Excelle GT, reported even better gains, with sales rising 25.7 percent over last year. Buick recorded the most gains in China last month thanks to its GL8 minivan, not sold in the North American market, but is a perennial favorite in China.
Cadillac’s sales gains have been due almost completely to the SRX, with over half of all Cadillacs sold in China being SRXs. The vast majority of the rest of Cadillac’s Chinese sales are due to the SLS, which is a slightly stretched version of the soon-to-be-replaced American-market STS.
Chevrolet has also had an outstanding year in China as well. Sales of the Cruze are up 72.7 percent compared to last year, and the Aveo (our Sonic), which was just introduced in June, sold 5050 units in the month of August.
While GM’s SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture have been up and down as of late, with an 11.2 percent sales decrease in June, and an 8.2 percent increase in August, it has finally sold its 1 millionth vehicle in China. GM says SAIC-GM-Wuling hit the milestone on Friday.