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As General Motors sales went on undeterred in the US even as the recall scandal rages on, the company also posted a very positive result on the world’s biggest automotive market – China.

After in April the US automaker posted its smallest increase in 14 months, May’s sales bounced back and went up 9.2% to a total of 276, 109 units. The company is deeply entrenched in a fight with Volkswagen AG for the top spot among foreign automakers in China – the biggest single market in the world, and the German automaker looks set to protect its lead over the No.1 US carmaker as consumer demand rises on fears that more cities would impose new vehicle limits to address pollution and traffic issues.

Back in April, during the annual Beijing auto show, Matt Tsien, General Motors local leader disclosed the automaker is on track to upgrade its production capacity locally to jump 65 by 2020 to fight back Volkswagen AG.

Buick, which counts China as the brand’s biggest market, saw an increase of 15.2% to 72,558 vehicles, while Chevrolet’s sales are finally picking up pace with a 13.3% growth in May to 57,245 units – aided by the most popular model, the Cruze and the local Sail.

The premium segment continues its growth, with Cadillac posting great results in China – last month’s sales jumped 59.2% (a common sight in recent months for the brand), reaching 6,118 cars.