GM China had a near-miss with Volkswagen this year. It scraped by being relegated into second place in China by reporting 26,128 units more than Volkswagen. VW’s 2.81 million cars sold in China were rounded, GM’s 2,836,128 were reported to the last unit.
|GM China December 2012|
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|Black: GM data. Blue: Calculated from historical GM data|
Strange: GM’s China numbers usually are reported quite early in the month, usually in the first week. Not this time. Volkswagen’s numbers were published on January 14, a Sunday. GM’s China numbers were published on the same Sunday.
This year, GM is unlikely to be as lucky as in 2012. Volkswagen’s growth in China is much stronger than GM’s. Volkswagen grew 24.5 percent in China last year, it grew 86.7 percent in December alone. GM China grew 11.3 percent in 2012, and 23.2 percent in December.
GM published no percentage increase for Cadillac’s 2012 sales. We had to look it up. It is 0.0067 percent. GM sold exactly 2 Cadillacs more in China in 2012 than in 2011.
Quite interestingly, what is up strongly are GM’s exports from China. With 77,207 units (most of them Sails) exported, GM increased its foreign sales of Made in China cars by 61 percent.