GM's China Sales Soar– But Not as Fast as Before or as Much as VW's

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago

First the good news. AFP reports that GM's joint venture Chinese sales rose 18.5 percent in 2007, clocking-in at 1.03m vehicles. That's 548,945 units with SAIC-GM-Wuling and 479,427 vehicles through GM-SAIC. In a written statement, GM China Group President and Managing Director Kevin Wale rang-in the glad tidings. "Despite growing competition across the board, demand remained robust for our established products such as the Buick Excelle and LaCrosse and the Chevrolet Lova," Wale said. According to the statement, GM snagged the title of sales leader in the PRC– amongst global automakers– for the third straight year. Yes, well, Dow Jones Market Watch puts a different spin on the story. DJ restricts the stats to '07 passenger cars, and says Volkswagen's Chinese production outstripped GM's by 431,064; putting VW's increase at 28 percent. It also points out that GM's 18.7 percent rise represents slowing growth, when compared to the previous year's 26.8 percent gain, or the overall market's 20.7 percent expansion. Bloomberg fingered the usual reason: product. "GM's expansion in the world's second-largest auto market slowed as customers opted for Volkswagen's Skoda Octavia and the Ford Focus over the Buick Excelle." As China's domestic automakers break free from their foreign "partners," the boom times may soon be at an end.

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  • Von Von on Jan 11, 2008

    That picture makes me want to go to China, it's not the car though.

  • Shaker Shaker on Jan 11, 2008

    "OMG AZN" as well. Chevrolet Lova?. Maybe "Nova" is offensive in Mandarin? Yes, enjoy the party while you can, GM

  • Redbarchetta Redbarchetta on Jan 11, 2008

    The Chinese market looks a little bit like the American one around 1900. There were tons of automakers because the market was brand new and people were buying for the first time. Then after the initial influx of cars slowed down all the wannabes die off quick or the smaller decent ones just got absorbed buy the bigger guys. China is a much bigger market but I wonder if its going to pan out the same in the end.

  • Raskolnikov Raskolnikov on Jan 12, 2008

    Good for the General, and good for America too!!!!!