BEIJING (Kyodo) -- U.S. automaker General Motors Co. said Tuesday its new car sales in China jumped 28.8 percent year on year to a record 2,351,610 units in 2010, becoming the first foreign car maker in the Chinese market to have sold more than 2 million vehicles a year.
GM also said its new car sales in the United States totaled 2,202,927 units in 2010. As a result, GM's annual sales in China surpassed those in the U.S. market for the first time ever.
Among foreign automakers, GM topped the list of new car sales in China for the sixth straight year, according to the U.S. firm.
Shanghai General Motors Co., a joint venture between GM and leading Chinese automaker Shanghai Automotive Industry Corp., sold about 1.03 million units in 2010, up 42 percent from the previous year, eclipsing the 1 million mark in annual sales for the first time as a Chinese maker of passenger cars.