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General Motors Company (GM - Analyst Report) revealed that its luxury lineup Cadillac will register a robust 50% rise in sales in China and sell 45,000 to 50,000 units of the vehicle in 2013. In contrast to this, the company expects a lower though impressive growth of 32% in Cadillac sales in the U.S. by selling more than 187,000 units of the vehicle.

According to Cadillac brand chief Bob Ferguson, Cadillac sales will mainly be boosted by XTS (which is already produced in China) as well as ATS and revamped CTS, which will go into production later this year. General Motors recently launched a new CTS sedan at the New York International Auto Show.

Bob Ferguson expects Cadillac sales to increase threefold in China over the next three years. Currently, General Motors operates 200 Cadillac dealerships in China.

The U.S. automakers, including General Motors Company (GM - Analyst Report) and Ford Motor Co. (F - Analyst Report), performed quite well in China in 2012. For the full year, GM’s sales grew 11.3% to 2.84 million units while Ford sold 626,616 vehicles in the year, up 21% from 2011.

However, sales of Japanese automakers lagged due to the conflict between Beijing and Tokyo over a group of uninhabited islands in East China, hurting the consumer sentiment. Sales of Toyota Motor Corp. (TM - Analyst Report) slid 4.9% to 840,000 vehicles in 2012 while sales of Honda Motor Co. (HMC - Analyst Report) dipped 3.1% to 598,577 vehicles in the year.

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), auto sales in China are expected to rise 7% to more than 20 million vehicles in 2013, led by strong demand for passenger vehicles and economic recovery. The association believes SUVs will remain the fastest- growing segment in the year while commercial vehicles will record a moderate gain in sales.

However, the Chinese government is concerned about rising air pollution in the country due to the ever increasing vehicles on the road. As a result, China’s State Council announced a stricter standard for auto fuel recently, which will be promoted nationwide by 2017. These steps may damage the health of the auto industry in China.

GM, a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock, posted a rise in profits to $0.8 billion or 48 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2012, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny, compared with $0.7 billion or 39 cents in the same quarter of 2011. The results excluded net gain from special items of $0.1 billion or 6 cents in the 2012-quarter and net loss from special items of $0.2 billion, or 11 cents in the 2011-quarter.

Revenues in the quarter scaled up 3.4% to $39.3 billion, which was higher than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $38.6 billion. Unit sales escalated 4.2% to 2.3 million vehicles. The automaker occupied a market share of 11.5% during the quarter, down from 11.6% in the year-ago quarter.

GM expects to boost its top-line in 2013 with the help of new vehicle launches. At the same time, the company believes cost control measures will boost its bottom line growth. It expects 2013 capital expenditures to be at the 2012-level.

General Motors Company (GM - Analyst Report) revealed that its luxury lineup Cadillac will register a robust 50% rise in sales in China and sell 45,000 to 50,000 units of the vehicle in 2013. In contrast to this, the company expects a lower though impressive growth of 32% in Cadillac sales in the U.S. by selling more than 187,000 units of the vehicle.

According to Cadillac brand chief Bob Ferguson, Cadillac sales will mainly be boosted by XTS (which is already produced in China) as well as ATS and revamped CTS, which will go into production later this year. General Motors recently launched a new CTS sedan at the New York International Auto Show.

Bob Ferguson expects Cadillac sales to increase threefold in China over the next three years. Currently, General Motors operates 200 Cadillac dealerships in China.

The U.S. automakers, including General Motors and Ford Motor Co. (F - Analyst Report), performed quite well in China in 2012. For the full year, GM’s sales grew 11.3% to 2.84 million units while Ford sold 626,616 vehicles in the year, up 21% from 2011.

However, sales of Japanese automakers lagged due to the conflict between Beijing and Tokyo over a group of uninhabited islands in East China, hurting the consumer sentiment. Sales of Toyota Motor Corp. (TM - Analyst Report) slid 4.9% to 840,000 vehicles in 2012 while sales of Honda Motor Co. (HMC - Analyst Report) dipped 3.1% to 598,577 vehicles in the year.

According to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM), auto sales in China are expected to rise 7% to more than 20 million vehicles in 2013, led by strong demand for passenger vehicles and economic recovery. The association believes SUVs will remain the fastest- growing segment in the year while commercial vehicles will record a moderate gain in sales.

However, the Chinese government is concerned about rising air pollution in the country due to the ever increasing vehicles on the road. As a result, China’s State Council announced a stricter standard for auto fuel recently, which will be promoted nationwide by 2017. These steps may damage the health of the auto industry in China.

GM, a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold) stock, posted a rise in profits to $0.8 billion or 48 cents per share in the fourth quarter of 2012, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate by a penny, compared with $0.7 billion or 39 cents in the same quarter of 2011. The results excluded net gain from special items of $0.1 billion or 6 cents in the 2012-quarter and net loss from special items of $0.2 billion, or 11 cents in the 2011-quarter.

Revenues in the quarter scaled up 3.4% to $39.3 billion, which was higher than the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $38.6 billion. Unit sales escalated 4.2% to 2.3 million vehicles. The automaker occupied a market share of 11.5% during the quarter, down from 11.6% in the year-ago quarter.

GM expects to boost its top-line in 2013 with the help of new vehicle launches. At the same time, the company believes cost control measures will boost its bottom line growth. It expects 2013 capital expenditures to be at the 2012-level.
 

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