SHANGHAI – General Motors and its joint ventures delivered 277,979 vehicles in China in April, an increase of 7.5 percent from the same month last year.
Driven by the company’s focus on growth segments, SUV deliveries were up 107 percent from the same period a year earlier, while Cadillac luxury vehicle sales increased 13 percent in April from the previous year.
“GM continues to grow in segments that are on top of customers’ purchase lists,” said GM Executive Vice President and GM China President Matt Tsien. “We have more new vehicles on the way in the SUV, MPV and luxury segments to keep delivering to customers what they want and demand.”
Cadillac deliveries in April rose 13 percent from a year earlier to 7,007 units. The luxury brand launched the new CT6 prestige sedan at the end of January and introduced the new XT5 luxury crossover in April.
Buick deliveries were up 56 percent from the previous April to 98,992 units, led by strong demand for the Excelle GT sedan and Envision SUV. Complementing Buick’s portfolio in China, the new LaCrosse Hybrid Electric Vehicle (HEV) will be joining the recently introduced LaCrosse midsize sedan.
Chevrolet deliveries in April declined 29 percent year over year to 35,431 units. Chevrolet is revealing and launching several new models this year, starting with its new flagship sedan, the Malibu XL.
Baojun delivered 37,915 vehicles in China in April, an increase of 56 percent year over year. Strong demand for the Baojun 730 MPV and Baojun 560 SUV spearheaded the brand’s performance. An all-new addition to the portfolio, the Baojun 310 hatchback, was recently revealed at the Beijing auto show and will go on sale this summer.
Wuling’s April deliveries declined 14 percent on an annual basis to 98,580 units, impacted by the continued contraction of the mini-commercial vehicle market.
In the first four months of 2016, GM and its joint ventures’ deliveries increased 1.7 percent year over year to a record 1,241,631 units.
Note: Starting with April 2015 sales results, GM began reporting retail sales rather than wholesales in China. All numbers in the press release are retail sales.