China: 1980-2014 Historical Data now available

Fiat 126P China 1980. Picture courtesy of chinacartimes.comThe Fiat 126p was the first passenger car to be imported into China in 1979.

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 ones in the entire history of automobile, sales in the country going from virtually nothing to 23.5 million today, making China the biggest new vehicle market in the world, and by far.

The VW Santana was the best-selling car in China for one decade from 1986 onwards.

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.

The VW Jetta was #1 in China up to 2008.

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 and 2014. 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.

China Historical Data:

China 1980-1985: Fiat 126p best-seller, 1 passenger car for every 6 million people

China 1986-1995: VW Santana launches Chinese motorisation

China 1996-2001: VW Jetta challenges Santana domination

China 2002: VW Jetta, Santana and Santana 3000 on podium

China 2003: VW Jetta, Santana and Passat in command

China 2004: VW Jetta and Santana on top, Hyundai Elantra arrives

China 2005: Tianjin Xiali and Hyundai Elantra take the lead

China 2006: VW Jetta reclaims first place, Buick Excelle close second

China 2007: VW Jetta, Buick Excelle and Toyota Camry on podium

China 2008: VW Jetta #1, Honda Accord and Toyota Corolla up

China 2009: BYD F3 crowned, Buick Excelle and Hyundai Elantra Yuedong follow

China 2010: BYD F3 and VW Lavida on top

China 2011: Buick Excelle best-seller after 4 years at #2

China 2012: Ford Focus triumphs

China 2013: Wuling Hongguang and VW Lavida on top

China 2014: Growth cools to 7% to record 23.5 million sales

This Post Has 8 Comments

  1. eado

    I think China’s BYD will grow up to be the first car companies around the world

  2. Sonico

    I knew some Fiat 126p were shipped from Poland to China, but I never imagined it could be that many. Thanks for the excellent insight, Matt!

    1. matgasnier

      Glad you enjoyed Sonico!

  3. sobieski

    Fiat 126 p was very popular here in Poland in eighties and nineties and I really cannot imagine how Cinese poeple could use it as a taxi. It had extremly tight interior…

  4. CVS1

    Polski Fiat 125p and FSO Polonez also be imported to China in the 70s, 80s and 90s.

  5. Bryan

    I had no idea that FIAT 126 was the first passenger automobile to be imported into China.

    Now we can understand the suddenly success of FIAT Vaggio in the last months.

    Very interesting. Thanks Matt.

  6. Acura Dealers Woodbridge VA

    Well! this is good about Chinese historical data. i read and increase my knowledge. nice job.keep it up.
    Thanks for sharing this interesting post.

    1. matgasnier

      You’re welcome! Glad you enjoyed the post.

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