Cadillac Comes Up Big for GM in May as Total Sales Dip Slightly in China
General Motors and its Chinese joint ventures combined to deliver a total of 294,425 vehicles in May, good for the brand’s second-best result for the month. Sales were down just 0.3% from last year’s record deliveries of 295,282 units.
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Cadillac was GM’s biggest gainer in May, increasing sales by 65.2% in delivering a total of 14,154 units. This total was enough to once again make China Cadillac’s biggest market, edging out the United States. Cadillac delivered a total exceeding 5,000 units of the new XT5 crossover during the month, keeping it in position as the brand’s best seller. Sales of the ATS-L were up double digits for the 11th straight month, growing 93% year-over-year, while sales of the CT6 sedan nearly doubled its total from 2016.
Through May, Cadillac’s sales in the country have grown 86%, increasing from 36,266 units through the first five months of 2016 to 67,471 units through the first five months of this year.
Buick was GM’s biggest brand in terms of volume with deliveries totaling 94,023 units. Sales of the GL8 MPV were up 78% year-over-year, sales of the LaCrosse were up 122%, and sales of the Verano were up 14%. Sales of the Envision were also strong at 16,240 units delivered in total.
Chevrolet sales were down just 1.4% at 37,571 units delivered, led by 36% growth from the Malibu family and sales exceeding 10,000 units for the new Cavalier. Sales of the new Equinox, launched in April, totaled 4,000 units.
Wuling sales were down 18.8% at 84,602 units delivered, led by the Hong Guang S MPV’s 35,523 units sold and Rong Guang’s total sales of more than 38,000 units. Baojun sales were up 47.2% year-over-year with 64,075 units delivered, led by sales of 23,353 units for the Baojun 510.
Through May, GM’s total sales in China are down 3.7% with 1,480,637 vehicles delivered.