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China February 2012: Buick Excelle leads, Chevrolet Malibu arrives

Buick Excelle

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After leading the Chinese market over the Full Year 2011 but spending 3 months away from the pole position, the Buick Excelle confirms it is China's favourite car and tops the models ranking in February with 23,564 sales. It is the fourth time in the last 7 months that the Excelle is #1 and the first time since October. The VW Lavida is also back to its 2011 level at #2 and 21,996 units. Over the last 12 months, the Lavida ranked #1 or #2 no less than 9 times!

VW Tiguan

Like in January, the Chevrolet Cruze is #3 with 20,662 sales and is followed by 3 Volkswagen, making it 4 VW in the Top 6! The Bora is up 8 spots on January to #4 at 18,377 units, the Jetta is up 9 ranks to #5 and the Passat is down 5 spots to #6. Yet another VW shines in the Top 10: the Tiguan delivers 15,487 units at #9, China being by far its strongest market in the world.

BYD L3

Further down, great performers include the Great Wall Voleex C30 up 9 ranks to #12 and #2 Chinese model behind the FAW Xiali N3/N5, the Skoda Octavia up to #19, the ChangAn Benben Mini up 15 spots to #28 with 10,053 sales and the BYD L3 up 17 ranks to #46, its best ranking since September 2010 and its second best ranking ever.

Chevrolet Malibu

The Baojun 630 takes its first breather since its launch last August, down 13 spots to #44 with 8,017 units, while the Chevrolet Malibu is the best performing (and only) newcomer this month, landing directly within the Top 100 at #96 and 3,333 sales. Among recent launches, the Gleagle EC7 is up 18 spots and 36% on January to #125 and 2,148 units, the Great Wall Voleex C50 is up 13 spots and 96% to #173 and 833 units and the Toyota Prius is up 25 ranks and 319% to #202 and 302 sales.

Previous month: China January 2012: Huge month for the VW Passat

One year ago: China February 2011: VW Lavida #1, VW Tiguan in Top 10, Sunny up

Full February 2012 Top 250 Ranking Table below.

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  1. Steam
    March 15th, 2012 at 00:15 | #1

    matgasnier :mmmm interesting. I wonder why they don’t appear in the ranking then…weird.

    Q5 is on position 52.

  2. Guochang
    March 13th, 2012 at 10:39 | #2

    Hi Matgasnie, in fact the Q5 is manufactured in China as wells as BMW X1 and Benz GLK.

    • matgasnier
      March 13th, 2012 at 11:47 | #3

      mmmm interesting. I wonder why they don’t appear in the ranking then…weird.

  3. sandeep
    March 11th, 2012 at 18:46 | #4

    Hi Matt , ohh is good. i also try to find the Monthly Chinese import sales, if i found one i will give you it first.

  4. TheK
    March 11th, 2012 at 13:03 | #5

    The same sorted by brands:
    1. VW 145k (14,7%) With 14 models.
    2. Nissan 72k (7.3%)
    3. Toyota 72k (7.3%)
    4. Hyundai 59k (6%)
    5. Chevrolet 54k (5.4%)
    6. Buick 53k (5.3%)
    7. Honda 42k (4.2%) Without any model over 10k!
    8. BYD 41k (4.2%) best Chinese
    9. Kia 36k (3.6%)
    10. Great Wall 35k (3.6%)
    11. Chery 34k (3.4%)
    12. FAW 30k (3%)
    13. Suzuki 25k (2.6)
    14. Audi 24k (2.5%) Remember: You need to add imports here!
    15. Ford 21k (2.1%)
    16. ChangAn 20k (2%)
    17. Dongfeng 19k (2%)
    18. Škoda 19k (1.9%)
    …and 41 more with together 187k or 19%.

    • matgasnier
      March 11th, 2012 at 15:10 | #6

      Great info thanks for putting this together TheK!
      cheers
      Matt

  5. March 11th, 2012 at 07:25 | #7

    @Josh
    You´ve got the point Josh! VW owns China, south Africa, Austria, Switzerland, Namibia… the marque has shares there and is political established.

  6. March 11th, 2012 at 07:23 | #8

    what a mess of market!!!!!

  7. sandeep
    March 11th, 2012 at 06:03 | #9

    WTF how are the Mercedes E & C Class sales are so down!!, previous month only 186 E-Classes has been sold !!!!!!!!!, compared to 10.426 E-Classes in December!!! and this only 817!

  8. sandeep
    March 11th, 2012 at 05:57 | #10

    you are little bit wrong with Audi sales , Audi China sold 8.564 A4, 9.371 A6, 7.480 Q5 these sales are reported by Audi China. and also 2.032 Q7’s sold in February

    • matgasnier
      March 11th, 2012 at 11:55 | #11

      Hi Sandeep,
      Remember my ranking does not include imports. As far as I know Audi doesn’t manufacture the Q5 or Q7 in China and therefore they don’t appear in the ranking here.
      cheers
      Matt

  9. Josh
    March 11th, 2012 at 05:28 | #12

    Mmm… 4 VW’s in the top 6. So does that mean that VW owns China as well?

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