General Motors and its joint ventures posted sales in China of 196,004 units last month, the company said. Though the tally was a record for the month, it was down on April sales up 41.1% year on year to a record 213,115 vehicles.

Sales for the first five months grew 53.9% to 1,032,665 units and May volume was up 25.4% on a year ago.

SAIC-GM-Wuling sales in May rose 5.2% to 105,395 units. April sales at the venture rose 18.9% to 113,633 units.

Demand for FAW-GM products totaled 6,773 units in the joint venture’s first May reporting sales. Opel, imported from Germany, enjoyed a resurgence in demand of 214.1% in May.

On 28 May, GM celebrated the sale of its millionth vehicle in 2010.

“We are pleased with our continued strong sales, especially the performance of Chevrolet, in a highly competitive market,” said Kevin Wale, president and managing director of the GM China Group.