GM China sales set September record, up 16%

Melissa Burden
The Detroit News

General Motors Co. said Monday that the automaker and its joint ventures’ sales jumped 16 percent in September to a record 343,773 vehicles.

The Detroit-based carmaker said Cadillac set a new record for monthly deliveries in China at 12,539, as its sales soared 63 percent year-over-year. The brand’s sales through September in China total more than 77,000 and are up 35 percent from the same months in 2015.

The Buick and Baojun brands both had new September records. Buick sold 108,325 vehicles, up 23 percent from last September and Baojun deliveries hit 62,719, up 33 percent year-over-year.

“The growth in demand last month was supported by improving product mix,” GM China President Matt Tsien said in a statement. “We saw strong sales momentum across our brands, especially Cadillac in the luxury segment.”

GM said Chevrolet sales grew 2.6 percent to 51,932 vehicles, while Wuling brand sales also rose 6 percent from the previous September.

The carmaker’s largest sales market is China. Through the first nine months this year, its sales in China are up 9 percent to a record 2.72 million vehicles.

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