* 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.
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.
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.