Recalls, what recalls? General Motors sold 2,505,889 vehicles around the world in the second quarter of 2014, with year over year sales in the United States and China up 7% and 8%, respectively. Total sales were up 0.5% in the second quarter. In the first half, GM sold 4,921,928 vehicles, up 1.4%.

"GM did well in the world’s two largest and most profitable vehicle markets and that helped us grow despite very challenging market conditions in parts of South America, Asia and Eastern Europe,” said CEO Mary Barra. "We are investing in our brands around the world to keep our momentum going, and that includes growing Cadillac in China, launching a total of 27 new Opel models between 2014 and 2018 and entering new segments in North America with vehicles like the Chevrolet Colorado and GMC Canyon."

Chevrolet had record sales in China in the first half of 2014 and the strong performance of the brand’s new full-size pickups and large SUVs in North America helped GM achieve record average transaction prices in both the second quarter and first half.

Buick, which celebrated the best sales year in the brand’s 110 year history in 2013, posted an 11% increase in the quarter and was up 12% year to date. Buick global sales in the first six months of 2014 are 152% higher than they were just six years ago, growth that has outpaced all major American, European, Japanese and Korean makes.

Cadillac’s global sales were up 14% in the quarter, including a 51% increase in China. Calendar year to date, deliveries were up 12%, driven by a 72% increase in China sales.

Opel/Vauxhall sales increased 3% in the second quarter. Sales were up 4% in the first half and Opel gained share in 11 European markets. In addition, the Mokka was the best-selling SUV in the first six months of the year in Germany.

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