General Motors Co. reports it sold 689,500 cars and light trucks in China in July-September, down 18% from the same period in 2018.
The decline marked the fifth consecutive drop in GM China’s monthly year-on-year deliveries in a shrinking overall market. The company’s full-year sales retreated 10% to 3.64 million vehicles in 2018.
Third-quarter sales this year rose 11% to 51,000 vehicles for the Cadillac luxury brand. But demand dropped for Buick (-21% to 199,700 units), Baojun (-35% to 122,900) and Chevrolet (-18% to 96,800).
GM’s Wuling light commercial vehicle venture saw third-quarter sales decline 5% to 219,100 mini-trucks.
For conducting business in the U.S. market, Toyota has historically had several separate business entities: a sales and distribution company headquartered in California (Toyota Motor Sales, USA); manufacturing operations (Toyota Motor Manufacturing North America); a racing subsidiary (Toyota Racing Development, USA); the Toyota Technical Center for R&D in Ann Arbor; and a design facility in California (Calty Design Research, Inc.). On April 1, 2006, Toyota merged its R&D operations and its manufacturing operations into a single company.
Dan Nicholson is vice president of General Motors Global Propulsion Systems, the organization that had been “GM Powertrain” for 24 years.
Ram Truck chief exterior designer Joe Dehner talks about how they’ve developed the all-new pickup. “We’ve been building trucks for over 100 years,” he says. “Best I could come up with is that this is our 15th-generation truck.”