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Chinese Take Out: GM Sales Up 68% In China

Posted in auto industry, Buick, Cadillac, General, GM by Kurt Ernst | April 5th, 2010 | Leave a Reply |
2010 Buick Lacrosse

2010 Buick Lacrosse

Vehicle sales may be growing slightly in the United States, but the combination of an expanding middle class and strong demand for cars has led to explosive growth for GM in the Chinese market. For the month of March, GM sold 41,502 more vehicles in China than in the United States. In fact, GM set another sales record in China, for the 15th straight month.

Worldwide, GM has seen a 71% growth in sales compared to 2009, when the global financial crisis hammered vehicle sales across the board. In China, GM’s flagship brands of Cadillac and Buick have seen the biggest spike in sales, recording an 89% increase in March 2010 compared to March 2009.

I had an opportunity to drive a Buick Lacrosse at the Barrett-Jackson auction, and came away impressed. Build quality has vastly improved over the past few years, and I would say that fit and finish is now on par with Lexus or BMW. The Lacrosse I drove had a very intuitive nav system, a DVD player (to be used only when the car is stopped, of course) and a built in flash drive for holding music and movies. The styling, while not cutting edge, was clearly penned to attract a younger audience as well. The handling was best described as “Buick-like”; you’re not going to be beating any 5 series BMWs at the autocross track, but that’s not the car’s purpose. If you want a solidly built midsize sedan that swallows up miles like Kirstie Alley swallows bon-bons, you could do much worse than the Lacrosse.

Source: Left Lane News

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