General Motors Co. said Tuesday that the company and its joint ventures sold a record 3.16 million vehicles in China last year, up 11.4 percent from 2012.
The Detroit automaker and its joint ventures sold a record 271,002 vehicles in December in China, up 11.8 percent year-over-year.
“GM maintained good growth momentum in our company’s largest market, despite a modest slowdown in demand for commercial vehicles,” Matt Tsien, president of GM China, said in a statement. “We benefited from a broad portfolio of models and brands that are meeting the diverse needs of vehicle buyers across China.”
Sales of Buick vehicles rose 15.7 percent in 2013 in China, setting an all-time sales high of 809,918 vehicles.
The Chevrolet brand also set a record for sales in China for the year of 652,077 vehicles, up 8.5 percent from 2012. The bowtie brand was led by growth and popularity of the Cruze, Sail and Malibu.
Cadillac sales also jumped 66.6 percent to 50,005 vehicles last year, driven by the SRX and helped by the XTS and ATS, both new to the market. Sales for the Wuling brand jumped 11.2 percent to a record 1.48 million vehicles, while Baojun sales of 100,498 vehicles rose 19 percent, setting a new record for that brand.
Ford Motor Co. said Monday it sold a record 935,813 vehicles in China in 2013, up 49 percent from sales of 626,616 vehicles in 2012.
GM said exports from China jumped 7.7 percent last year to 83,145 vehicles.
GM’s joint ventures are investing almost $11 billion through 2016 in China, which is GM’s largest sales market. In 2013, SAIC-GM-Wuling started building a new manufacturing plant in Chongqing and Shanghai GM broke ground for a new manufacturing plant that will build Cadillacs.
The Pan Asia Technical Automotive Center also started construction for a new research and development facility in Shanghai.
“We expect vehicle sales to remain robust in 2014, driven by ongoing strong demand across China for personal four-wheel transportation,” Tsien said in a statement. “GM will further expand our lineup of vehicles and services to remain in step with our customers nationwide.”
The automaker has 12 joint ventures and two wholly owned enterprises in China, where it employs more than 58,000 people.