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GM sets September sales record in China; up 13.7% to 277,647 units
10 October 2013
In September, General Motors and its joint ventures sold 277,647 vehicles in China—a record for the month. Sales increased 13.7% from September 2012. During the first nine months of 2013 as a whole, sales by GM and its joint ventures in China increased 11.1% on an annual basis to a record 2,312,418 units.
GM’s Shanghai GM and SAIC-GM-Wuling manufacturing joint ventures as well as all of their brands had all-time record September domestic sales. Shanghai GM’s sales were up 10.6% year on year to 132,783 units and SAIC-GM-Wuling’s sales increased 16.9% to 139,676 units. FAW-GM’s sales were also up, rising 3.3% to 4,733 units.
Buick’s September sales in China increased 14.3% on an annual basis to 71,002 units. Sales of the original Excelle family rose 15.9% to 26,875 units and sales of the Excelle XT and GT rose 28.3% to 19,645 units. Demand for the LaCrosse was up 12.5% to 9,797 units.
Chevrolet sales in China came in at 57,285 units in September, an increase of 2.0% year-on-year. The brand was led by the Cruze, which benefited from the introduction of a hatchback model. The nameplate generated sales of 24,744 units, an increase of 34.9% from last September. It was followed by the Sail, which had sales of 16,533 units, and the Malibu, which had sales of 8,814 units.
Cadillac sales in China jumped 73.9% from September 2012 to 4,496 units. Its best-selling models were the SRX and XTS, which had sales of 2,636 units and 1,849 units respectively.
Wuling sales in China totaled 129,648 units in September, an increase of 18.4% year on year, as sales of the Hong Guang and new Hong Guang S jumped 80.8% to 51,210 units. Baojun sales during the month were up 9.6% to 10,028 units.
During the first nine months of 2013 sales by Shanghai GM were up 14.9% year on year to 1,111,129 units, sales by SAIC-GM-Wuling were up 8.1% to 1,156,778 units and sales by FAW-GM were down 0.5% to 41,063 units. In addition, Buick sales rose 17.6% year-on-year to 606,330 units, Chevrolet sales were up 3.7% to 472,561 units, Cadillac sales increased 51.2% to 32,238 units, Wuling sales were up 9.8% to 1,087,591 units and Baojun sales grew 27.8% to 69,187 units.
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