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Buick Set New Sales Volume Record in China Last Month

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2016 Buick Envision

General Motors and its joint ventures posted a 7.3% year-over-year sales increase in China last month, moving a total of 421,023 vehicles ahead of Chinese New Year. GM’s success was primarily driven by a best-ever January mark for Buick, which was up 39% at a total of 138,907 vehicles sold.

Buick’s January was the first time in brand history where sales exceeded 130,000 units in a single month. The Excelle GT and Envision were the biggest movers for Buick, the latter of which more than doubled its sales year-over-year.

Cadillac sales were up 16% at 8,337 units sold, marking a sixth straight month over double-digit year-over-year sales growth. This was led by growth for the ATS-L, up 14%, as well as the launch of the new CT6 at the end of the month.

Another new model will be joining GM’s lineup in China this month when the Malibu XL hits the market. In January, however, Chevy sales were down 27% at a total of 56,133 units.

“This year, GM and our joint ventures will continue to offer an unmatched choice of products across market segments along with new services to meet the needs of China’s car buyers,” said GM Executive Vice President and GM China President Matt Tsien. “Our new models, such as the Cadillac CT6 and Chevrolet Malibu XL, will be strong additions to our portfolio.”

Baojun sales were up 101% year-over-year at a total of 78,367 units, thanks to the Baojun 730 MPV, Baojun 560 SUV, and newly-launched Baojun 630 sedan. Wuling sales were down 17% at 139,227 units sold.