GM’s May sales in China set record, up 16.9%

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. and its joint ventures in China sold a record 295,282 vehicles in May, up 16.9 percent from the same month a year ago as three brands and SUVs set sales records for the month.

GM said Buick sales rose 61 percent year-over-year to 100,864 vehicles, a high for May, while its luxury Cadillac brand’s sales rose 30 percent from May 2015. The 8,568 Cadillac sales in May also set a monthly high. Baojun deliveries also increased 80 percent year-over-year to 43,515 vehicles, also setting a May record.

“GM vehicle deliveries in China achieved robust growth in May,” GM China President Matt Tsien said in a statement. “While demand for our SUVs, MPVs (multi-purpose vehicles) and luxury vehicles remained strong, we also saw impressive demand for passenger car models such as the Buick Excelle GT.”

Chevrolet sales dropped 24 percent from May 2015 to 38,114 vehicles and Wuling sales fell 5 percent to 104,170 vehicles.

Through May, GM said its sales in China are up 4.3 percent from the same months in 2015, setting a record for the period of nearly 1.54 million vehicles. China is GM’s largest sales market; GM sold more than 3.6 million vehicles in China last year.

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