In September 2011, General Motors’ Chinese joint ventures sold 240,244 vehicles in China, a 15% increase from September 2010. It got a boost from a rise in microvan sales and from beating a slow broader market. Last month, Shanghai General Motors Co., the joint venture that sells the Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac brands, had sales of 115,733 units, climbing 15% year-on-year. GM's joint venture that sells commercial vehicles -- SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile Co. -- seems to recover from the low sales in the early part of 2011.
According to China's largest microvan maker, its domestic sales increased by 18% to 119,012 vehicles.
GM's Wuling joint venture builds the Sunshine microvan, the top-selling model in China. The government had eliminated sales subsidies in December and so the price-sensitive microvan segment experienced a downturn. Last May, Wuling reduced microvan prices and in July, it offered additional discounts and sales started to recover.
This summer, the venture entered China's passenger vehicle segment with the Baojun 630 sedan as its first car. Because of the comparatively sluggish sales in the first half of this year, GM and its Chinese joint ventures sold 1,892,862 vehicles in China from January to September this year, a 7% increase.
However, sales have started to rise in the second half of 2011 if we look at September's results. Industry sales for September have yet to be announced but it appears like GM is outpacing the industry. Last August, a 6% increase in light vehicles was recorded by the industry. JD Power said that this boosted industry light vehicle volumes by 5% for the year. JD Power predicts sales for the entire year will climb by 3%.