GM unveiled its Buick Riviera Concept during the recent Shanghai Auto Show.
Despite signs of a slowdown in the Chinese economy General Motors posted record sales in China — where GM sales now have surpassed the total number of vehicles the company is selling in its home market, the United States.
GM and its Chinese joint venture partners saw sales surge by 10.6% during the first half of 2013, to nearly 1.6 million, an all-time record that positions it as the booming Asian nation’s second-largest automotive manufacturer. By comparison, it sold just over 1.4 million vehicles in the U.S. during the same time period.
GM isn’t the only American maker outpacing the growth of the overall Chinese market. Rival Ford Motor Co. set its own record for the first half of the year, sales in China surging 47%, with demand up 44% in June.
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While several makers have yet to report their final numbers, it appears the two American makers significantly outperformed the overall Chinese market, passenger car sales for the first half expected to be up 14%, with June growth a more modest 10% year-over-year, according to domestic industry sources.