Buick Drives to First Sales Record in Nearly 30 Years

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Though it is one of the lesser brands from a volume perspective under General Motors’ (NYSE:GM) umbrella and is certainly one of the least talked about relatively speaking, the Detroit-based automaker has been quietly growing its Buick nameplate, and to great results. In 2013, Buick sold 1.03 million models to make for the best year for the brand since 1984.

The previous record was created before the company had entered the Chinese market. Now, that region hosts the largest demand for Buick vehicles: Sales in China rose 16 percent last year to 809,918 for Buick alone, according to Bloomberg. In the U.S., Buick deliveries increased 14 percent to 205,509.

Buick is General Motors’ soft luxury brand, meant to fill the void between its Chevrolet and Cadillac names. While Cadillac has started to migrate to its own platforms, Buicks are still heavily based on existing Chevrolet models.

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