According to the company, in 2003, Shanghai GM sold 201,188 vehicles. This was an 81.6% percent increase over the previous year. Its share of mainland China's passenger car market grew to nearly 9.8 percent, placing Shanghai GM among the top three passenger car manufacturers in mainland China. Shanghai GM was the top passenger vehicle producer in China in 2006, with sales of 413,400 vehicles.
Chile is the first country that receives a completed car from Shanghai GM. In September 2006, the Chilean branch of GM launched the Chevrolet Corsa Plus, a Chinese version of the 4-door Opel Corsa with a 1.6L engine.
In 2010, SAIC acquired an additional 1 percent stake for $85 million to boost its total share of Shanghai GM to 51%.
To improve its standing with the government, Shanghai GM made Cadillac a chief sponsor of a communist propaganda film "Birth of a Party" on September 1 2010, a film dedicated to the 90th anniversary of the Chinese communist party.