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autoOctober 13, 2020

Cadillac, Buick help GM to grow sales in China by 12% this year

General Motors Co (GM) on Monday said continued market recovery from the COVID-19 crisis helped its China vehicle sales grow 12% on year in July-September, marking the Detroit automaker’s first Chinese quarterly sales growth in two years.
The second-biggest foreign automaker in China by units - after Germany’s Volkswagen AG VOWG_p.DE - said on Monday it delivered 771,400 vehicles in China in the third quarter. That followed a 5% fall in the second quarter, when parts of China were still emerging from virus-busting lockdown measures.
GM has a Shanghai-based joint venture with SAIC Motor Corp Ltd 600104.SS making Buick, Chevrolet and Cadillac vehicles. It has another venture, SGMW, with SAIC and Guangxi Automobile Group, producing no-frills mini-vans and which has started manufacturing higher-end cars.
Sales rose 26% for cars under its mass-market Buick brand in the third quarter versus the same period a year earlier, while those of premium brand Cadillac jumped 28%, GM said in a statement. Sales of its mass-market Chevrolet marque fell 20%.
Sales of Wuling grew 26%, whereas those of mass-market Baojun vehicles tumbled 19%.
“GM’s compact models returned to four-cylinder engines and that helped sales growth,” said LMC Automotive senior analyst Alan Kang, referring to an attempt to market cleaner but noisier three-cylinder versions. “Cadillac also has a more complete lineup this year.” China’s biggest automakers’ association expects overall car sales to grow by double digits in July-September versus a year earlier.