GM’s JV Brands Set March and First-Quarter Sales Records in China

GM-China-HQGeneral Motors and its joint venture operations in China set all-time sales records in the largest passenger-vehicle market during March and through the first quarter of 2013, according to the company. March deliveries rose nearly 13% from a year ago to 290,538 unit sales. It was the second-highest monthly sales tally in GM’s history in China. Its first-quarter total sales in China also rose nearly 10% from last year to 816,373 units.

In related news, GM also outsold Volkswagen Group in China for the first time in the past three quarters, thanks to increased demand for Buick vehicles, according to news reports. China’s auto manufacturers group said that VW’s growth surpassed the overall passenger-vehicle market in China during the first quarter but its increase in March was not as strong. Continue reading ›

Customers Largely in the Dark Regarding Tire Fuel Efficiency

Casey Mier

As consumers and vehicle manufacturers alike continue to place increased focus on improving fuel efficiency, all components of a vehicle have come under scrutiny in the goal of reducing gasoline consumption. Recently, tires have become an increased area of emphasis in this effort; already, NHTSA has required all new vehicles to . . . Continue Reading Customers Largely in the Dark Regarding Tire Fuel Efficiency