Meanwhile, analysts project GM will move some 2.7 million units in China next year. The automaker plans to roll out the all-new Cadillac XTS as well as three new Opel models. Overall, China may see passenger vehicle sales jump by as much as 10 percent in 2013, pushed by a rebounding economy and better consumer confidence.
And what about Toyota? We've already heard the Japanese automaker will likely take the global sales crown next year, but analysts predict the company won't be at the top of the food chain in China. Toyota and other Japanese automakers are still suffering from consumer resentment spurred by a territorial dispute between China and Japan, and those woes will likely carry over into next year.