China continues to be an important market for General Motors and its joint ventures, as sales of GM’s Chinese-market cars and trucks totaled 240,554 units in February. GM says that number not only marks a 30.4-percent gain over February 2011, but also the third highest sales of any month in GM’s history in China.
Among GM’s brands in China, Buick shined brightest in sales, selling 52,773 units for the month – a 31.1-percent increase compared to February 2011. The Buick Excelle — the Excelle GT is the Chinese-market twin of the U.S.-market Verano, once again lead sales volume with 23,564 units sold in February, a gain of 70.7 percent over the same period last year. The Excelle XT and GT sold 11,890 units for a gain of 70.3 percent over February 2011.
Chevrolet sales rose 23.7 percent in China to a record February high of 52,407 units. The Cruze saw growth of 36.1 percent over February 2011, with 20,662 units sold. Sales of Chevy’s Chinese-market New Sail rose 34.1 percent, with 14,184 units sold in February. The new Malibu, launched February 15 in China, sold 3333 units in its first month on sale.
Chinese-market Cadillac sales were up 6.6 percent in February, with 2124 units sold for the month. The SRX luxury SUV lead sales with 1527 total units sold in February.