- Jun 16, 2010
GM: Big(ger) in China
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In 2007 General Motors broke Chinese sales records with over one million vehicles sold. That sounded pretty impressive at the time, but just three years later GM's sales have come so far so fast that the General is now officially selling more vehicles in the Land of the Great Wall than it is in the States.
The Detroit Bureau reports that GM's China sales are up 54 percent in 2010 versus the first five months of 2009, with 1,032,665 cars and trucks sold so far this year. The General isn't doing nearly that well here in the U.S, with 882,277 units sold during the same period.
The biggest reason GM's sales continue to outpace the growth of its competition is the shot in the arm provided by the Chevy brand. The Bow Tie brand's sales are up 104 percent on the year, led by a 113 percent increase in sales of the Cruze. GM sold 14,524 copies of the Cruze in May alone, while the new-for-2010 Sail already hit 7,616 sales. While Chevy is quickly growing in the Chinese market, the still hot Buick brand is starting to show some signs of leveling off. Sales of the Tri-shield are up a mere 22 percent so far this year. Cadillac appears to be stealing a bit of Buick's thunder as well, as the Wreath and Crest is up 98 percent on the year.
[Source: The Detroit Bureau]