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GM sales in China set May record, rise 9.4% to 252,942 units

General Motors and its joint ventures sold a May record 252,942 vehicles in China. Sales increased 9.4% from the same month last year. Shanghai GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling as well as all of their brands also had all-time sales highs for the month.

Shanghai GM’s domestic sales rose 18.4% from May 2012 to 117,381 units. SAIC-GM-Wuling sold 130,462 vehicles in China, an increase of 2.1% year on year. FAW-GM sold 4,727 vehicles in the domestic market last month, which was up 25.9% from last May.

Buick sales in China totaled 63,007 units in May, an increase of 22.7% from the same month last year. Sales of its original Excelle family continued to grow, rising 7.2% year on year to 24,756 units. Sales of the Excelle XT and GT were also strong, growing 36.9% to 16,410 units.

Chevrolet sales in China were up 4.1% on an annual basis to 50,531 units. Sales of its most popular model, the Cruze, totaled 18,229 units in May. It was followed by the Sail, which had sales of 16,328 units, and the Malibu, which had sales of 7,983 units.

Cadillac sales were up 74.3% on an annual basis to 3,843 units in May. It was the brand’s second-highest monthly sales ever. Leading the way for GM’s luxury brand was the SRX, which had sales of 2,221 units, and the new XTS, which had sales of 1,503 units.

Wuling sales in China rose 1.7% year on year in May to 121,756 units. The Baojun brand had sales of 8,706 units in May, which represented an increase of 73.7% on an annual basis.

For the first five months of 2013 as a whole, GM and its joint ventures sold a record 1,331,185 vehicles in China, an increase of 10.6% year on year. Shanghai GM’s sales in China rose 17.1% to 620,968 units, SAIC-GM-Wuling’s domestic sales grew 5.8% to 682,354 units and FAW-GM’s China sales were up 2.2% to 26,380 vehicles.



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