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General Motors Co. said Wednesday it sold a record 1,719,202 vehicles in China through the first six months of the year.

The Detroit automaker’s sales in China — its largest market by sales volume — were up 4.4 percent through the first half of 2015 due in part to strong demand for SUVs. GM’s June sales rose 0.4 percent compared to the same month a year ago.

“An evolving product mix is essential for meeting the diverse demand in China, given its position as the world’s largest vehicle market,” GM Executive Vice President and GM China President Matt Tsien said in a statement. “We will continue to add more new and refreshed models in the second half to keep up our growth momentum.”

GM’s retail SUV sales rose 82.7 percent through the first half of the year to 148,081.

Buick sold a record 436,226 vehicles in the first half of the year, up 4.3 percent compared to the first six months of 2014. Buick was led by sales of its Excelle GT and XT, and demand for its three SUVs more than doubled.

Chevrolet sales rose 0.6 percent through the first half of the year to 317,408 vehicles. The Chevy Cruze, the brand’s most popular model in China, set a first-half record of 124,898 vehicles. The Trax SUV also set a sales record of 27,967.

Cadillac also set a sales record during the first half of the year, GM said.

GM plans to launch the new Chevy Malibu sedan and Baojun 560 SUV during the second half of 2015.

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