SAIC Motor sales increased 13.7% year on year to over 5.1m units in 2013.

SAIC is the first Chinese automotive manufacturer to exceed five million units in a year.

Some 230,000 units of the total can be attributed to global sales of the MG and Roewe marques, up 15% year-on-year.

Shanghai General Motors' sales rose 13.1% year on year to 1.58m vehicles. Shanghai Volkswagen's sales increased 19.1% to 1.53m units. SAIC-GM-Wuling Automobile' sales increased 9.8% year on year to 1.6m units.

SAIC Motor also laid out an international trading subsidiary in the Shanghai Free Trade Zone in 2013 for expansion of its two overseas subsidiaries as well as to increase sales overseas.

Global MG sales are set to increase further in 2014, with the opening of a SAIC manufacturing facility in Thailand, enabling the company to expand into South East Asia. Production capacity will be around 50,000 vehicles a year, mainly consisting of MG vehicles.