By Drew Johnson
Thursday, Dec 6th, 2012 @ 4:53 pm
 

General Motors and its joint-ventures have set a new yearly China sales record with a full month still to go in the 2012 selling season.

Thanks to the automaker's 260,018 sales in November - a monthly sales record in itself - GM has officially set a new yearly sales record in the Chinese market. Through the first 11 months of the year, GM has sold 2,593,642 vehicles in the world's largest auto market, besting the company's previous record of 2,547,171 units set in 2011.

Fittingly, Buick, one of the most popular vehicle brands in China, led the way for GM in November with a 17.4 percent increase to 70,172 units. The Excelle was Buick's most popular vehicle during the month, recording 23,381 deliveries. Buick's all-new Encore compact SUV recorded a healthy 6,025 sales during its first month on the market.

GM's Chevrolet brand also set a new record for the month of November with 63,012 deliveries, an increase of 15.3 percent. The Sail was Chevy's most popular model in November with 22,394 sales, but was closely followed by the Cruze with 22,216 units delivered.

Although not nearly the volume of GM's other brands, the automaker's Cadillac division set a new monthly record with 3,260 sales, an increase of 8.4 percent.

For the year, GM's China sales are up 10.4 percent.