GM China Sales up 12 percent in April image

US auto giant General Motors said Monday that it saw record sales in China in April – up 11.7 percent to 227,217 units thanks to strong demand for vehicles produced by the company’s Wuling microvan joint venture.

For the first four months of the year, GM’s China sales rose 9.4 per cent year-on-year to 972,369 units.

Buick sales reached 54,013 units, an all-time high for April and an increase of 1.7% year-on-year. The original Excelle family had sales of 23,179 units, up 29.2% on an annual basis, while sales of the Excelle XT and GT increased 18.3% to 11,981 units.

Cadillac sales came in at 2,048 units in April. Sales of the SRX luxury utility vehicle once again topped 1,500 units.

Sales of passenger cars by Shanghai GM–the U.S. auto maker’s joint venture with Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp.–fell 2.2% to 94,101 vehicles, GM said.

Sales at FAW-GM–GM’s commercial-vehicle joint venture with FAW Group–totaled 5,141 vehicles, the company said, without providing any figures for comparison.

China’s nationwide sales rose just 2.5 percent to 18.51 million units in 2011, compared with an annual increase of more than 32 percent in 2010.

GM makes cars in China in partnership with SAIC Motor Corp and FAW Group.