GM’s China Sales in August Up 7.3% image

GM’s auto sales in China last month reached 220,996 vehicles, up 7.3% compared to the same period last year.

GM and Shanghai SAIC Motor joint venture sold 110,209 vehicles, up 12% from August 2011 and the joint venture with FAW Group sold 4,117 units, up 17%. SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile, a joint venture between GM, SAIC and Liuzhou Wuling Motors, sold 106,500 vehicles, an increase of 3.4% from last year.

GM currently has 12 joint ventures in the world’s largest auto market, China. In 2011 the automaker sold more than 2.5 million vehicles in China, surpassing global rivals such as Toyota and Volkswagen. The increased August sales were due to the acclaimed models from the Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, such as the Buick Regal, Buick LaCrosse and Chevrolet Malibu which had more than 20,000 orders.

Last month the automaker sold 57,603 Buicks, including 14,000 Regal and Lacrosse units, 15,000 Excelle GT and Excelle XT units, 5,460 GL8 minivans, and 22,881 previous generation Excelle units. Chevrolet sold 58,344 vehicles, up 32.4% from last year, including 6,443 Malibu units, over 10,000 Cruzes, and 24,018 Chevrolet Sails. GM also sold 2,104 Cadillacs and 1,584 SRX luxury SUV units.