General Motors (NYSE: GM) said this week that its China deliveries rose 69% in the first quarter from a year ago as it continued to benefit from a product-line overhaul and the country’s recovery from the pandemic.
GM and its joint-venture partners delivered over 780,000 vehicles in the first quarter, a sharp rebound from the first quarter of 2020, when much of China was shut down amid the initial coronavirus outbreak. But it was less than the 814,000 vehicles that GM and its partners delivered in the first quarter of 2019, suggesting that the company still has work to do.
GM, like most global automakers, participates in China’s auto market through a series of joint ventures with domestic Chinese automakers. Those joint ventures build and sell vehicles under the Buick, Cadillac, and Chevrolet brands, as well as several lower-cost brands unique to China including Baojun, a youth-focused lifestyle brand, and Wuling, a maker of small vans including China’s best-selling electric vehicle (EV).