SHANGHAI – General Motors and its joint ventures delivered 858,344 vehicles in China in the second quarter of 2018. Sales grew 0.7 percent from a year earlier.
Despite the softening of the passenger vehicle market, the Cadillac and Baojun brands achieved record deliveries for the second quarter, while Chevrolet continued to post double-digit growth.
In the first half of 2018, GM deliveries in China grew 4.4 percent on an annual basis to 1,844,396 units. In the second half, the company is adding 10 new and refreshed models, two-thirds of the total for the entire year. The focus will be on segments with the strongest customer demand, including SUVs, MPVs and luxury vehicles.
- Cadillac sales in the second quarter rose 19 percent from a year earlier to 48,712 units.
- The XT5 luxury SUV was the brand’s best-seller, with sales up 14 percent to more than 17,000 units.
- XTS luxury sedan sales surged 42 percent to nearly 14,000 units.
- Deliveries of the CT6 prestige sedan soared 49 percent to over 3,700 units.
- At last month’s CES Asia 2018 in Shanghai, Super Cruise™ – the industry’s first true hands-free driving technology for the highway – made its China debut in advance of its local application on the upcoming Cadillac CT6 40T Platinum prestige sedan.
- Chevrolet deliveries advanced 22 percent to 131,895 units.
- Sales of the Malibu family, Chevrolet’s flagship sedan, increased 29 percent to nearly 30,000 units.
- Chevrolet’s best-selling nameplate, the Cavalier, had sales growth of 54 percent to nearly 49,000 units.
- Sales of the Equinox global SUV increased 88 percent to over 19,000 units.
- Buick deliveries totaled 230,454 units.
- Deliveries of the GL8 family topped 37,000 units, led by robust sales of the new-generation MPV.
- The new Excelle GT equipped with 1.0T and 1.3T Ecotec dual injection engines, which offer improved performance and efficiency, remained the most popular Buick model.
- The classic Excelle returned to Buick’s lineup on June 22, strengthening the brand’s presence in the compact family sedan market.
- Baojun sales rose 6 percent to 198,986 units.
- Deliveries of the brand’s best-seller, the Baojun 510, reached over 71,000 units, enabling it to remain one of the most popular SUVs in China.
- Sales of the Baojun 310 family surged 50 percent to nearly 38,000 units, with the Baojun 310 wagon contributing about 60 percent of sales.
- The Baojun 360, a new six-seat MPV for commuting and family use, achieved sales of nearly 13,000 units following its launch on May 10.
- In June, Baojun announced the new E100 all electric vehicle with an extended range of 200 km would expand its market availability to Qingdao, Shandong.
- Wuling deliveries achieved a 3.1 percent year-on-year increase to 248,297 units, maintaining the brand’s leadership of the mini-commercial vehicle segment.
- The Hong Guang MPV family, Wuling’s best-selling nameplate, delivered nearly 98,000 units. About a quarter were the popular Hong Guang S3.