GM China Sales Up 6.3% as Buick, Cadillac See Record July Deliveries
General Motors saw a 6.3% year-over-year uptick in retail sales in China last month, delivering a total of 287,581 vehicles in July. The automaker and its joint ventures achieved this aim thanks to all-time July sales records for Buick, Cadillac, and Baojun and promising growth from the Chevrolet brand.
Buick led GM from a volume perspective with a total of 93,347 vehicles sold at retail, up 4.4% year-over-year. Sales of the GL8 MPV were up 55%, guided by the continued success of the new GL8 and GL8 Avenir, and sales of the Excelle GT rose 19% to top 37,000 vehicles delivered.
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Baojun was the leader in terms of growth, with sales rising 61.2% year-over-year from 44,320 vehicles in July 2016 to 71,433 vehicles. Sales of the Baojun 510 SUV accounted for well over a third of those sales with more than 27,000 examples delivered, and sales of the Baojun 310 wagon totaled more than 6,100 units in just its first month on the market.
Chevrolet sales rose 23.8% to 37,501 vehicles; Malibu sales made up more than one quarter of that total, and sales were more than twice what they were in July 2016. Cavalier sales almost crossed the 10,000-unit barrier, and sales of the Equinox were more than 3,500.
Cadillac sales were up 37.1% at 12,006 vehicles delivered, bringing the luxury brand its 17th straight month of double-digit year-over-year growth. Sales of the XT5 crossover were greater than 4,000 units, and sales of the ATS-L were up 66%.
Wuling sales totaled 73,294 vehicles, down 25%. Sales of the Hong Guang were above 30,000 units.
GM’s retail sales through July topped 2 million, reaching a total of 2,053,409 vehicles delivered—down 1.3% from the pace set through the first seven months of 2016.