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  1. Mady
    February 1, 2011

    I was wondering how should I relate these figures with the one mentioned in reuters article – http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/01/10/retire-us-china-autos-idUSTRE70926X20110110

    “In 2010, a total of 13.8 million passenger cars were sold in China, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said on Monday. Overall vehicles, including trucks and buses, came to 18.1 million units during the period, up 32.4 percent, it said.”

    Please clarify.

    • matgasnier
      February 1, 2011

      Hi Mady,

      Easy: depending on how you categorise cars you will always end up with different figures splits. The total Chinese market is at 18.1 million units, as per CAAM. The data I am using in this post refers to aggregated models data found on http://www.autonews.com/section/chinadata . If you add up all categories on that Autonews page, you come to 17.1 million. However as it is said at the bottom of the page, that figure doesn’t include:
      - imported models (quite a significant amount, no official data)
      - minivehicles, pickups and (heavy) commercial vehicles
      These two categories above can realistically represent 1 million sales.
      There you go: you have your 18.1 million total sales.

      It would be helpful if CAAM could clarify what they mean by ‘trucks and buses’. In the USA for example, trucks include MPV and pickups…not sure what they include here.

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