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Chevy lifts GM to best-ever May in China

by Drew Johnson

GM set a new sales record in China in May.

General Motors continued its hot streak in China last month with sales climbing 21.3 percent to 231,183 units, setting an all-time record for May.

GM's SAIC-GM-Wuling joint-venture led the way in May with 127,749 sales, representing an increase of 35.9 percent. Chevrolet also gave GM's sales a major boost during the month of May, with the Bowtie brand's Chinese sales climbing 13.1 percent to a record-setting 48,563 units. Highlights of the Chevy brand included the Cruze - up 34 percent to 18,977 units - and the Sail small car, which saw sales increase 86.8 percent to 18,773 units.

Buick sales are typically a bright spot for GM's Chinese operations, but the brand saw a 1.2 percent decrease in sales to 51,360 units in May. Cadillac also regressed slightly during the month, with sales dropping 2.2 percent to 2,205 units.

Through the first five months of the year GM and its Chinese joint-venture have sold 1,203,552 vehicles - up 11.5 percent from the same period last year -- but there are signs that things are cooling. GM's sales were up just 1.7 percent from April to May, indicating sales could be slower during the rest of the year.