China: 1980-2013 Historical Data now available
* The direct links to 15 Historical articles are below! *
Chinese historical information all the way up to the start of the eighties is now available on Best Selling Cars Blog. This 30-odd year-period in China is definitely one of the most interesting in the history of automobile, sales in the country going from virtually nothing to 20 million today, making China by far the biggest new vehicle market in the world!
In the early eighties the first passenger cars were imported into China, mainly Fiat 126p from Poland first used as taxis. 1986 marks the local production launch of the VW Santana, the very car that would set the ground work for China's motorisation, with over 3 million units produced in 25 years. Witness the Santana pass the relay to the VW Jetta in the mid-nineties, the Jetta leading for over a decade and surviving to this day as a taxi with a second facelift in 2010 and 2 million units produced.
Discover the intense fight between the Jetta, Buick Excelle, Hyundai Elantra and Tianjin Xiali in the mid-noughties, leading to the crowning of the BYD F3 in 2009 and 2010, of the Buick Excelle in 2011, the triumph of the Ford Focus in 2012 and the Wuling Hongguang in 2013. From October 2010 onwards there is a monthly coverage of the Chinese new car market on BSCB, with monthly year-to-date updates from 2012 onwards.
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