Would Bankruptcy Stall GM's China Growth?

Despite the auto giant's well-publicized problems at home, General Motors (GM) executives point hopefully to China as an example of a market where things are still going well. In March, GM had its best ever month in China, selling 137,004 vehicles. For the first three months of 2009, sales were up almost 17% compared with the same period a year earlier, spurred by minivan sales at its SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture. And with signs of the Chinese economy picking up as the government's $586 billion stimulus package kicks in, GM expects to benefit as demand improves. "We think the market is going to be O.K. for the rest of the year," says Kevin Wale, president and managing director of GM China. "A lot of people are still aspiring to buy their first car in China."

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