The turnaround of General Motors is in full swing, and not just in the United States.

The Detroit, Mich.-based automaker reports that it sold more vehicles in China in 2010 than in the U.S., a first for the company.

The company sold 2.35 million vehicles in China. That's about 136,000 more than it sold in the U.S.

GM says sales in fast-growing China were up 28 percent, but rose only 6.3 percent in the U.S. GM's sales were up 12 percent worldwide as it recovered from a 2009 bankruptcy.

Despite GM's growth, Toyota held onto the title of world's largest automaker. The Japanese company reported 8.42 million sales worldwide last year. That's 30,000 more than GM's 8.39 million.

GM expects growth to continue. On Monday the company will add a shift to a Flint, Mich., truck plant to handle increased demand.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.