GM auto sales in China sets new record

Posted by Dave Landis on January 10th, 2012 in China | No Comments

Shanghai buyer looking at a possible Buick purchase. GM's China sales in a new high in January.

Auto sales of General Motors (GM) cars in China hit a new record in January.

GM reported  that its January China sales  grew 22.3% to the monthly record of 268,071 vehicles.  But the sales growth rate was less than  the same month last year at  97 percent, when it sold 219,192 vehicles.

The Chinese government provided reductions in sales tax and subsidies for buyers who purchased more fuel-efficient cars.   Another factor that may have contributed to the increase in sales was motivation to get cars before the government raised prices on license plates.

“China’s booming market has become increasingly important to GM as demand weakens in the United States. China, where GM’s international operations are now based, overtook the United States as the world’s biggest auto market in 2009.”

In 2010, sales of GM products in China increased by 28.8 percent to 2,351,610 vehicles, compared to  US sales increase of only 6.3 percent to 2,215, 227.

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