While in the United States the automaker is coming under fire from everywhere for the ignition switch recall, the company goes about its business elsewhere undeterred, posting for example in China new records.
March and also the first quarter of 2014 saw General Motors and its local partners reach record sales, increasing by 7.8 % last month to 313,283 vehicles and for the first three months by 12.6 % to 919,114 units. The company now expects to surpass by mid-April its 1 million sales goal.
Locally, GM has 12 joint ventures, two companies it owns and around 58,000 employees. The three most important joint ventures, Shanghai GM (up 10.5 % to 140,077 cars), SAIC-GM-Wuling (up 6.1 % to 164,539 units) and FAW-GM all posted positive results last month.
The best foreign General Motors brand in China is Buick, which had 78,803 deliveries in March, a growth of 12.4 %. Up next comes Chevrolet, which was up 5.7 % to 56,036 units. The Cadillac luxury unit continued their very strong growth, up 44.3 % to 5,238 vehicles. The best GM Chinese brand was Wuling, which increased domestic sales by 7.9 % and totaled in March 159,729 units.