General Motors Co. and its joint ventures reported a 10% year-on-year sales increase in China in November, after having sold 260,018 vehicles. It is GM’s best November ever. It’s also the company’s second-best month all-time in China, its biggest market. With just a month left in the year, GM set a new annual sales record in China, with deliveries of 2,593,642 vehicles from January to November 2012 compared to 2,547,171 vehicles for the same period in 2011.
On the other hand, GM sold 2,349,984 units in the U.S. for the same period. GM said that the growth in China was compelled by the high sales of Buick and Chevrolet cars. In November, Buick sales grew by 17%, Chevrolet sales rose by 15% and Cadillac sales climbed by 8%.
These brands are built and sold by Shanghai General Motors Co., a joint venture between GM and SAIC Motor Corp. Meanwhile, Ford Motor Co. posted sales of 67,505 units in China in November, a 56% increase from the year-earlier period.
The strong demand for Ford-brand passenger vehicles had driven this high sales growth. Last November, sales of locally built Focus, Mondeo, Fiesta, S-Max and the imported Ford Edge increased by 74% year-on-year, with sales of 51,602 units.
From January to November 2012, Ford’s sales as well as those of its two ventures in China grew by 18%, according to Ford China. The unit sales figures were undisclosed. Changan Ford Automobile Co., a joint venture between Ford and Changan Automobile Co., produces the Ford Focus, Mondeo, Fiesta, S-Max models. Jiangling Motors Corp., Ford's commercial vehicle joint venture with Jiangling Motors Group Co., sold 15,903 units in November, standing for a 16% increase.
Buick Verano possesses modern Buick design cues that have been introduced on the Buick Enclave and have been interpreted for the Regal and the LaCrosse. These design cues include translucent blue projector-beam head lamps, detailed and bold black chrome waterfall grille, chrome accents, portholes, tailored body-to-wheel relationship, and premium wheels.
Moreover, an arching roofline connects the car’s steeply raked windshield to its fast-sloping rear pillars, giving it a sporty profile complemented by large, 17” multi-spoke forged alloy wheels in sterling silver finish. Two premium 18” wheel designs are also available.
According to Dave Lyon, design director for Buick, the Verano translates the carmaker’s sculptural design language into a new size, along with all the attention to detail and refinement that were pioneered by Buick’s Enclave and LaCrosse models. He said that beyond all these, the Verano is simply one great-looking car with sophisticated details and great proportions that will look good in years to come.
Translucent blue projector-beam head lamps are unique to the Verano and give it a distinctive, upscale look. The car’s premium look is enhanced by rich exterior colors, including White Diamond Tricoat, Claret Red Tintcoat, Black, Switchblade Silver Metallic, Olympic White, Mocha Bronze Metallic, and Cyber Gray Metallic.
Complementing the precisely crafted and premium-accented exterior of the Verano is its interior, which is marked by utmost seat comfort and support, premium soft-touch materials, and warm ambient lighting. This warm ambient lighting, together with metallic and wood trims, makes the cabin look inviting.