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China September 2011: General Motors places 3 models in Top 4!

Chevrolet Sail

* NOW UPDATED with actuals for the Top 243 (all) best-selling models: see 'Read more' *

Things are starting to look very good indeed for General Motors in China, with the group placing 3 models in the Top 4 for the very first time. The Buick Excelle confirms it is the country's favourite car and holds the pole position for the 2nd month in a row with 27,992 sales, reinforcing its 2011 top spot at 191,495 units, ahead of the VW Lavida, back to a more traditional level after a couple of months off, ranking #2 in September with 23,852 sales and year-to-date at 176,362 units.

The Chevrolet Cruze rounds up the podium with 23,212 sales, its third highest monthly volume ever, and the third GM model in the Top 4 this month is the Chevrolet Sail, beating all the nameplate's records: best ever monthly volume at 20,958 and best-ever ranking at #4. Previous records were 17,268 (Jan '11) and #8 (Jul '11)... The VW Bora is also in great shape, up to #5 in September and #6 year-to-date, as is the Honda CR-V up to an outstanding 6th place.

BYD L3

Further down the ranking, notice the Kia K2 (the Chinese version of the new gen Rio) up to #34 at 10,478 units, the BYD S6 getting closer to the Top 50 at #53 with 7,547 sales, the new Chery E5 up 13 spots on August to #58 at 7,073 units and the BYD L3 up a massive 60 spots to #75 and 5,407 sales.

Brilliance H530

As far as new models are concerned, the Mazda3 Starcheng lands directly at #78 with 5,086 sales, the Brilliance H530 is already knocking at the Top 100's door at #101 and 3,787 units for its 2nd month and the Baojun 630 is up 25 spots and 125% on August to #143 with 1,945 sales. The Nissan Murano has kicked-off production in China and lands at #189 with 582 units.

Note the BMW 7 Series, an import therefore not in this ranking, would hover around the 100th position with a very impressive 3,760 sales, up 57% year-on-year...

Previous month: see the Chinese August 2011 Top 245 best-selling models here.

Full September 2011 Top 243 Ranking Table below.

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  1. October 27th, 2011 at 18:15 | #1

    @Pedro
    Of course it depends of eachone tastes! For me Italian cars where and are quite elegant in style. Alfa romeo has wonderful cars and was nominated the marque with the best design. Who can be indiferent to some models such as the giulietta, Alfetta, 156, 159, Spider, GTV, Giulia… very few people!!!

  2. Danijel
  3. Pedro
    October 27th, 2011 at 04:45 | #3

    Miguel Figueira :@Pedro I´m very sorry. Chrysler is the latin one. Fiat buys it. otherwise it went bankrupt!! Fiat and Alfa have no expression in China. Are they importde?? I do not think so! They do not like this kind of elegant latin cars! About Lancia, the Chinese do not even know its existence!!!

    Yes, Fiat imports to China:

    http://www.gopctex.com/2011/fiat-china-news-import-prices-and-a-new-jv/

    If these are “elegant cars” is a matter of taste. To me they’re not very elegant.

  4. October 26th, 2011 at 18:08 | #4

    @Pedro
    I´m very sorry. Chrysler is the latin one. Fiat buys it. otherwise it went bankrupt!! Fiat and Alfa have no expression in China. Are they importde?? I do not think so! They do not like this kind of elegant latin cars! About Lancia, the Chinese do not even know its existence!!!

  5. Pedro
    October 26th, 2011 at 02:12 | #5

    @Miguel Figueira

    Fiat is now american (Chrysler), not “latin”. Anyway, as imported cars they are not listed in the official charts from matt.

  6. October 26th, 2011 at 01:40 | #6

    @Danijel
    I don´t think so! They are too cold to buy latin cars!!!

  7. Danijel
    October 26th, 2011 at 01:36 | #7

    Fiat, Alfa sales in China?

  8. Pedro
    October 21st, 2011 at 02:10 | #8

    @matgasnier

    Some september-sales figures of imported Audis can be found here:

    http://www.chinadaily.com.cn/cndy/2011-10/17/content_13909719.htm

    1,400 A8
    1,600 Q7
    3,000 TT

  9. Pedro
    October 20th, 2011 at 02:41 | #9

    Audi A8 ist not produced in China.

  10. NismoBoy
    October 19th, 2011 at 02:35 | #10

    Infiniti China figures please?

  11. Steam
    October 17th, 2011 at 23:55 | #11

    VW Lavida seems to be recovering, but #1 during the whole year seems to be far away.

  12. October 17th, 2011 at 18:15 | #12

    @MFabio83
    Thanks Fabio. VW/Audi have a huge production line in China. That´s why they sell large numbers there. An Audi A6 is cheaper than a Lexus IS!

  13. MFabio83
    October 17th, 2011 at 04:39 | #13

    @Miguel
    Yes, it is. with a Joint-Venture between VW and FAW.

    [...]FAW-Volkswagen, a joint venture between FAW Group and Volkswagen AG, produces a wide range of premium passenger and commercial vehicles. Current products include the Volkswagen Bora, Caddy MPV, Golf, Jetta, and Sagitar; and Audi A4, A6, A8, and Q7.[...]

    http://www.germancarblog.com/2006/08/audi-new-sales-division-in-china.html

  14. October 17th, 2011 at 03:27 | #14

    @Pedro
    I think the Audi A8 is produced in China. The A4 and A6 are!

  15. Rutger (D-C)
    October 16th, 2011 at 21:05 | #15

    Sales figures of the imported BMW 7 Series (Source: Automotive News):

    July: 3,696
    August: 3,074
    January-August: 22,295

    It’s selling extremely well for such an expensive vehicle!

  16. Pedro
    October 16th, 2011 at 19:49 | #16

    It’s a pity that imported cars (A8, Phaeton, A1 etc) are not listed. No chance to get these figures ?

    • matgasnier
      October 16th, 2011 at 20:07 | #17

      Hi Pedro,
      I can’t find them anywhere :-(
      If anyone has them please comment on here!
      cheers
      Matt

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