General Motors Co. (NYSE:GM) said Wednesday it sold 252,942 vehicles in China last month, 9.4 percent more than it sold in the same month last year. For the first five months of 2013, North America’s largest auto company has sold 1.33 million units in China.
SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile, which sells the Chevrolet Lechi subcompact, sold 130,462 of the units, a 2.1 percent increase.
Shanghai GM, which manufactures and sells Buick, Cadillac, Chevrolet and Opel vehicles, reported selling 117,381 vehicles, an 18.4 percent rise year-over-year.
GM’s third major joint venture, FAW-GM, which makes pickup trucks and commercial vehicles, sold 4,727 of its commercial vehicles, a 25.9 percent increase from the same month last year.
Buick led the pack with 63,007 units, up 22.7 percent, led by sales of the Excelle family of cars, which includes what is known as the Buick Verano in the U.S.
Chevrolet sold 50,531 vehicles, led by the most popular model, the Cruze with 18,299 units and the Sail, with 16,328 units.
For the first five months of 2013, North America’s largest auto company has sold 1.33 million units in China. GM is the largest foreign auto maker in the country. It sells cars though its joint ventures under the Baojun, Jiefang and Wuling brands, as well as its own.
GM announced Tuesday that it sold 252,894 vehicles in the U.S. last month, slightly less than it sold in China in the same period of time.