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General Motors China sells 43% fewer vehicles in Q1

General Motors Co. on April 3 said it sold 461,700 vehicles in China in the first quarter, down 43.28% from 813,973 units sold in the same period a year ago.

The auto sector is among the hardest-hit industries in the ongoing coronavirus crisis. General Motors said that in response to the pandemic, it has shifted its focus to "supporting control and prevention of the coronavirus."

The crisis has forced General Motors to introduce new sales channels and methods to sell its vehicles as dealerships were closed during the outbreak. The company said it launched live-streaming and touch-free vehicle services across its brands "to reach out to customers in a secure way."

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During the first quarter in China, General Motors' Cadillac brand sold 26,800 units, the Buick brand sold nearly 129,600 units, Chevrolet deliveries exceeded 50,900 units, while the Baojun brand old nearly 82,200 vehicles and the Wuling brand surpassed 172,200 units.

Meanwhile, in the U.S., General Motors' first-quarter U.S. sales fell 7.1% year over year to 618,335 units.