Despite China's recent cooling and a tough quarter for the auto industry, General Motors (GM) - Get Report and its joint ventures there delivered 813,973 vehicles to the Asian nation in the first quarter of 2019, the automaker said.

Included among the brands and models for sale were 44,684 Cadillacs, including the XT4 SUV, Cadillac's newest product in China; 225,313 Buicks; 112,382 Chevrolets; 169,380 Baojuns; and 262,214 Wulings. 

The automaker said it's "going through a major model changeover" in China this year as it's trying to improve fuel efficiency and apply its technology to cars and trucks built and sold in China.

Some of the autos sold in China are electric vehicles, like the Baojun E100 and E200 and the Buick VELITE 5. GM's Buick will sell its first all-electric vehicle, the VELITE 6, in China starting later this month.

GM also plans to sell more luxury and SUVs -- such as Buick LaCrosse sedans and Cadillac XT6 SUVs -- to meet demand there. 

Several major automakers saw a dip in U.S. sales in the first quarter, with GM itself revealing earlier this month that sales were down 7% year over year with 665,840 vehicles delivered. Meanwhile, China's economic growth is predicted to slow to 6.2% to a three-decade low, according to a Reuters poll out Friday.

GM's shares climbed by 0.71% on the New York Stock Exchange to $39.61.