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June 5, 2017

GM’s China sales slip

General Motors sales in China fell in May for a second consecutive month, as the U.S. automaker phased out its older generation Buick Excelle in the high volume small sedan segment, a media report said.

General Motors sales in China fell in May for a second consecutive month, as the U.S. automaker phased out its older generation Buick Excelle in the high volume small sedan segment, a media report said.

According to Reuters, GM, China's second-largest foreign automaker after Volkswagen, sold 294,425 vehicles in May, down 0.3year on year than in May 2016.

In the first five months of the year, GM said, sales fell 3.7% to 1.48m vehicles.

The automaker introduced the current generation Excelle GT in 2015 but, until recently, continued selling older Excelles at a discount to compete with lower-cost Chinese rivals, Reuters noted.

Overall auto sales in China, the world's largest market, rose 4% for January to April, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, which has yet to report May data, according to the news agency.

Analysts said the car market is stabilising after a steep rise in sales last year, due to a tax cut on small engine vehicles that is now being phased out and leading to weaker year on year comparisons.

On Monday, Nissan Motor said its China May sales grew 5.7%, Reuters added.

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