16 February 2014

China Car Sales By Model : 2013

The Wuling Hongguang is the top seller in China. No, really

I am reluctant to put any articles here on the Chinese car market. The reason? Numerically it is the largest car market in the world, yet getting reliable, consistent data is a challenge. Sales figures always exclude imported cars, which wouldn't - as it turns out - affect this list due to prohibitive import duties. However, the Asian mentality about wanting to export, while obstructing imports I find somewhat galling. Throughout much of Asia, a fair playing field is a strange notion in the area of trade.

Still, foreign brand proliferate in China; made in factories with compulsory local joint venture partners. Sedan and hatch variants count as differing models, so for example two Corolla and Focus models are listed. The two Hyundai Elantra models below are made by separate companies. Are they different in some way? Typical of the confusion of car statistics for China.

Europe (or basically VW) provide the most common nameplates on this list. Chinese brands tie with Japan as do US and Korean. Korea does surprisingly well and the Japanese you imagine would do better but for bitter feelings in China with that nation.


1 Wuling Hongguang 448,484
Germany

2 VW Lavida Sedan 374,056
14 Models

3 Buick Excelle 296,183


4 VW Sagitar 271,188
China

5 VW Jetta 263,408
11 Models

6 Chevy Sail, sedan 263,163


7 Nissan Sylphy 259,545
Japan

8 Chevy Cruze 246,890
11 Models

9 VW Bora 237,156


10 VW Passat 227,262
USA

11 Haval H6 217,889
7 Models

12 Ford Focus, hatch 207,376


13 Hyundai Elantra Langd'ng 206,348
Korea

14 VW Tiguan 199,782
7 Models

15 Honda CR-V 199,333


16 Hyundai Verna 197,482


17 Ford Focus, sedan 196,264


18 Emgrand EC7 193,210


19 VW Magotan 187,173


20 VW Santana 180,617


21 Toyota Camry 177,649


22 Hyundai Elantra Yuedong 171,547


23 Hyundai ix35 156,876


24 Buick Excelle GT 150,521


25 Audi A6L 149,183


26 Toyota Corolla EX 147,921


27 Toyota Corolla 146,480


28 Kia K3 135,666


29 VW Polo (excl X Polo) 132,019


30 Nissan Tiida 129,346


31 Great Wall M4 128,054


32 Great Wall C30 126,036


33 Nissan Qashqai 124,589


34 BYD Surui  123,643


35 BMW 5 Series 123,439


36 Audi A4L 122,672


37 Chery QQ 121,630


38 Skoda Octavia 120,246


39 Honda Accord 118,920


40 Kia K2 117,892


41 Toyota RAV4 117,800


42 Roewe 350 113,033


43 Nissan Sunny 112,963


44 Dongfeng Fengxing 110,112


45 Nissan Teana 106,220


46 Hyundai Sonata 104,670


47 Audi Q5 102,514


48 FAW Xiali 101,071


49 Chevy Malibu 100,141


50 BYD L3 99,450


Data source: Thanks to ChinaAutoWeb

The conservative looking VW Lavida is 2nd

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