While rebounding in the second half, General Motors’ 2020 China sales dropped 6.1 percent to 2.9 million, failing to overcome the impact of the coronavirus outbreak that raged in the first quarter.
It was the third consecutive year the Detroit automaker’s sales fell in the biggest light-vehicle market.
Sales gains at Cadillac, Buick and Wuling were offset by lower 2020 volume at the Chevrolet and Baojun marques, according to figures GM’s China unit released this week.
In 2020, Cadillac deliveries rose 7.9 percent to top 230,000. The growth was driven by the CT4 sedan and the XT4, XT5 and XT6 crossovers. Sales of the CT4, which launched in April, reached 16,614 last year. Deliveries of the XT4, XT5 and XT6 totaled 146,678, a surge of 40 percent from a year earlier.
Buick sales gained 4.1 percent to exceed 885,000 on demand for the brand’s crossovers, SUVs and multi-purpose vehicles.
Deliveries at Wuling, whose main products are minibuses, grew 8.8 percent to approach 1.1 million, reflecting volume generated by the brand’s new four-seat micro electric sedan known as the Hong Guang Mini EV. The electric car has recorded sales of more than 117,000 after going on sale in July.
By contrast, Chevrolet deliveries slumped 30 percent to some 291,000. Sales at Baojun, a market-entry car brand, plunged 34 percent to around 402,000 in 2020.