GM Sales In China Strong, Ford Much Stronger

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt
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GM’s sales in GM’s and the world’s largest auto market China were up 9.4 percent in May, the company says. In April, sales had been up 15.3 percent.

GM China May 2013May’13YoY5 monthsYoYGM China252,9429.4%1,331,18510.6%Shanghai GM117,38118.4%620,96817.1%Buick63,00722.7%338,89718.4%Chevrolet50,5314.1%266,6576.0%Cadillac3,84374.3%15,41427.3%SAIC-GM-Wuling130,4622.1%682,3545.8%Wuling121,7561.7%643,311Baojun8,70673.7%39,043FAW-GM4,72725.9%26,3802.2%Black: GM data. Blue: Calculated from historical GM data

Buick sales were very strong, mostly on sales of the Excelle. The new XT and GT versions were up nearly 37 percent.

GM’s good showing in China indicates a healthy rise of auto sales in the Middle Kingdom.

Meanwhile, Ford reports a 45 percent gain in its May China sales.

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  • Easton Easton on Jun 05, 2013

    Oh look, it's the Verano hatchback that should have been offered here.

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    • Easton Easton on Jun 05, 2013

      @corntrollio or Mazda3 Sport, or Ford Focus hatch, or Toyota Matrix, or any of the other compact hatches that sell at least as well as their sedan brethren. (I don't know what the situation is like in the U.S. but in Canada compact hatches are hot sellers. Compact cars not offering a hatch sell in far fewer numbers. Despite this, GM seems determined not to compete in this class.)

  • Ajla Ajla on Jun 05, 2013

    I've asked this before but ever really got an answer. Are there many "Buick enthusiasts" in China? Like do they know about the 3800, the Grand National, the Roadmaster, and the Y-job? Would a Chinese Buick buyer of today appreciate a '59 Invtica or '73 Riviera? Or, do the Chinese not really know/care that much about the history of the brand?

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    • Summicron Summicron on Jun 05, 2013

      "a ’59 Invtica" Sacred relic.

  • Bd2 Bd2 on Jun 06, 2013

    How are Ford's sales "stronger" in China (much less "much stronger") - when GM has sold FOUR times as many vehicles YTD as Ford? Yes, Ford has seen a higher % increase but that's b/c they are starting at a much lower sales point for last year, and if %-gains was so impt. - then Cadillac should have been pointed put for having gains of over 70% compared to the same time last year. But then again, this is BS writing about GM.

  • Ect Ect on Jun 07, 2013

    Bertel, the article is incomplete without reporting Ford's unit sales. If they're starting from a much smaller base (as I believe they are) their increase in unit sales may be no greater, or even less, than GM's. A small player's unit sales will often fluctuate more than a larger player's in % terms, and still be much smaller in unit terms.