GM’s China Sales Rose 28.8% to 2.35 Million Units in 2010

General Motors reports today its Chinese ventures sold 2,351,610 new vehicles in the domestic market in 2010, 28.8% more than 2009, making it the first foreign automaker to pass 2 million in annual China sales.

GM builds and sells vehicles in China through three joint ventures: Shanghai-GM (for mainly Buick, Chevy, and Cadillac), SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW, for Wuling microvan and Chevy Spark), and FAW-GM (light-duty commercial vehicles under FAW brands, mainly Jiefang trucks).

Sales of Shanghai-GM rose 42% from 2009 to 1,033,307 units. SAIC-GM-Wuling, based in Liuzhou, Guangxi, sold 1.149 million Wuling-brand microvans in China, up 14.8%, including close to 669,000 Sunshines (the number is 1,226,860 for all of its models, up 15.6%).

Chevy delivered 544,000, up 63.4%, including 188,000 Cruzes and close to 130,000 Sails; Buick 550,000, up 23%, including 220,000 Excelles, 104,000 LaCrosses, 79,000 Regals, and more than 80,000 Excelle GTs and XTs (distinct from Excelle); Cadillac 170,000, up 139%, including more than 9,000 from SRX and more than 5,000 from SLS.

FAW-GM Light Duty Commercial Vehicle, founded August 30, 2009, sold 88,244 units. Registered in Changchun, Jilin, it has two main subsidiaries, FAW-GM Harbin, in Harbin, Heilongjiang, and FAW-GM Hongtan Yunnan, in Qujing, Yunnan.