By contrast with its downward sales trend in the United States, General Motors managed to recoup some of its global losses by a double digit increase in the world’s biggest auto market.
Among major automakers, General Motors posted the biggest sales decline of 18 percent last month in the United States, hitting 240,450 vehicles because of its planned cutting strategy on rental fleets. However, the company succeeded to keep a solid pace on the most crucial market, the Chinese one, where the biggest US carmaker and its joint ventures delivered a monthly record of 295,282 vehicles in May, up 16.9 percent compared with a year earlier. This result was achieved thanks to its Buick, Cadillac and Baojun brands and the SUV lineup, all reaching all-time highs as well in May. “While demand for our SUVs, MPVs and luxury vehicles remained strong, we also saw impressive demand for passenger car models such as the Buick Excelle GT,” GM Executive Vice President and GM China President Matt Tsien said.
Buick deliveries were up 61 percent year over year to 100,864 units, helped by the demand for the Excelle range which nearly doubled from the previous May, to 47,332 units. The brand also saw growth in sales for its SUVs and MPVs to 30,954 units, which were up 24 percent. Baojun reported 43,515 vehicles in China last month, a gain of 80 percent year over year, lead once again by the Baojun 730 MPV and Baojun 560 SUV. GM’s weak link remained Chevrolet, with a 24 percent drop in deliveries, to 38,114 units.