GM China sales up 7.5% in April

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. and its joint ventures sold 277,979 vehicles in China last month, up 7.5 percent year-over-year as SUV sales soared, the Detroit automaker said Thursday.

The carmaker said SUV sales in its largest sales market jumped 107 percent from April 2015. The Buick and Baojun brands both saw sales rise 56 percent and Cadillac brand sales increased 13 percent in a month when it launched the new XT5 crossover.

“GM continues to grow in segments that are on top of customers’ purchase lists,” GM China President Matt Tsien said in a statement. “We have more new vehicles on the way in the SUV, MPV (multi-purpose vehicle) and luxury segments to keep delivering to customers what they want and demand.”

GM plans to launch 13 new or significantly refreshed vehicles in China this year, which it believes will help continue to grow sales. The company’s sales performance in April topped its March sales decline of 0.6 percent. GM blamed the drop on model changeover and slowing sales in the mini-commercial vehicle market.

The automaker said Chevrolet sales fell 29 percent in April and Wuling brand sales dropped 14 percent year-over-year as it was impacted by declining sales in the mini-commercial vehicle segment.

Through April, GM and joint ventures sales are up 1.7 percent to a record 1.24 million vehicles.

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