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China December 2013: Honda Crider breaks into Top 10!

January 14th, 2014 5 comments

Honda Crider China December 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comHonda Crider

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Thanks to over 2 million vehicles sold in December, up 18% year-on-year, China confirms its status of biggest car market in the world and finishes 2013 at 21.98 million units, up 14% on 2012 and the first time any country crosses the symbolic 20 million annual sales milestone. Excluding LCVs, the market is up 18% on 2012 to 17.93 million units. Let’s go through December results first, keeping in mind these exclude LCVs. The Wuling Hongguang is the best-selling model in the country for the 5th consecutive month thanks to 41,773 sales and confirming its #1 spot in the final 2013 annual ranking at a record 448,484 units. It is followed like in November by the Ford Focus with 38,299 sales while the VW Lavida jumps back onto the podium at #3 and 33,591 units, up 68% year-on-year.

Nissan Sylphy China December 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comNissan Sylphy

Last month the Nissan Sylphy delivered the best-ever monthly volume for a Japanese model in China at 31,333 sales, well this month it beats this record again at #4 with 32,160 units! This is 73% better than in December 2012 and a very impressive performance indeed. In fact a lot of models have beaten their all-time volume record in December as we will see further below. The Chevrolet Sail is back up 4 spots on last month to return in the Top 5 for the first time since last June, passing the Buick Excelle (+73%) and Chevrolet Cruze (+52%) notably. Amazingly, the Haval H6 breaks its monthly volume record for the 6th month in a row, lifting it to 23,746 sales in 9th place, up 53% year-on-year!

Roewe 350 China December 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comThe Roewe 350 reaches best-ever #21 ranking and 15,883 sales this month.

Launched in June, the Honda Crider hasn’t stopped climbing the sales charts since, and at a very fast pace. It now breaks into the monthly Top 10 for the very first time, up 9 spots on November to #10 with 22,593 units! This is the Crider’s first time above 20,000 monthly sales and it enables it to become Honda’s best-seller in the country this month, just above the Accord also in fantastic shape, up 14 ranks on last month and 85% year-on-year to #11 and 22,185 units. The Emgrand EC7 breaks its monthly volume record for the third month in a row at #13 with 21,424 sales, up 34% on December 2012. Inside the Top 20, notice also the VW Santana up 320% year-on-year to #13, Toyota RAV4 up 172% to #15 and the VW Tiguan up 277% to #19.

Beijing Auto E Series China December 2013. Picture courtesy of pcauto.com.cnThe Beijing E-Series also breaks its ranking and volume records this month in China.

The Roewe 350 also breaks all its records, up 15 spots and 31% on November which was already a record-breaking month for the nameplate and lifting its personal bests to #21 and 15,883 sales, ranking #4 among Chinese models. The Venucia R50/D50 breaks into the monthly Top 30 for the first time at #26 and a best-ever 13,751 sales, up 63% year-on-year, the Toyota Vios is up 3 spots to #28 at 13,086 units for only the 2nd month for this generation, the Great Wall M4 is up 48% to a record 12,232 sales, the Beijing E-Series is up a further 19% on a record-breaking November and a whopping 278% year-on-year to a best-ever #35 and 11,392 units.

Hyundai Mistra China December 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comThe Hyundai Mistra is already above 10,000 monthly units.

4 models break the 10,000 monthly sales barrier for the first time in December. The Hyundai Mistra slices its November ranking in two, up to #45 and 10,502 units, passing this milestone as early as for its first full month of sales in the country at 10,502, the ChangAn Eado is up 103% year-on-year to #46 and 10,399 sales, the Chery E3 reaches this level at its 4th month, up 11 spots and 14% on last month to #48 and 10,221 units and the Baojun 630 is up 77% year-on-year to #49 with 10,220 sales. Further down, notice the Citroen C-Elysee up 165% on December 2012 to #58 thanks to the new generation, the Haima M3 up 20 spots on November to #63, Dongfeng Fengguang up 19 to #74, Fiat Viaggio up 85% year-on-year to #78 and the Peugeot 301 up 42 ranks to #149.

No less than 8 all-new models make their first appearance in this month’s ranking, but this will be the subject of a separate post…

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China December 2013 (Brands): Honda up to #2, DS lands

January 13th, 2014 1 comment

DS Logo China December 2013Citroen’s DS makes its first appearance in the Chinese-made brands ranking this month. 

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We will start the Chinese by a brands ranking including Passenger Cars, SUVs and MPVs. Keep in mind LCVs and import figures are not included in these totals. Volkswagen is in the lead by far as usual with 187,352 sales, and this month Honda follows, up 3 spots on November to #2 and 100,194 units. Hyundai is up one rank to round up the podium with 97,846 sales, ahead of Toyota and Nissan. Chery is in great shape, up 4 spots to become the #1 Chinese brand at #9 with 55,444 units, followed by ChangAn (54,668), BYD (48,148) and Wuling (41,773). But the big news this month is the very first appearance of Citroen’s luxury brand DS at #53 with 1,273 sales.

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China November 2013: Focus on the all-new models

December 12th, 2013 2 comments

Hyundai Mistra China November 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comHyundai wants to sell 100,000 Mistra in 2014, and will.

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As is now the tradition on BestSellingCarsBlog, after going through November data by models and brands and the year-to-date update, we now zoom in on the all-new locally produced models making their first appearance in the Chinese ranking this month. This way you know all there is to know about absolutely all new cars getting into production in the most important car marketplace there is. This month 5 new cars make their landing. First we have the much-anticipated Hyundai Mistra at #90 with 6,260 sales even though it’s only been on sale for 10 days. The Mistra steps inbetween the Elantra and Sonata in the Hyundai range and is priced from 150.000 to 190.000 yuan (US$24.700-31.300).

Hyundai Mistra China November 2013b. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comHyundai Mistra

The Mistra competes with strong sellers like the VW Sagitar (#5 so far in 2013), Honda Crider (#67) and Citroen C4L (#94), and will be complemented in 2014 by the Kia K4 based on the same platform. Keeping in mind the Elantra Langdong is #14 in 2013 with 190,000 sales and the Sonata is #44 at 96,000 units, in a rare move in China, Hyundai recently announced its sales objectives for the Mistra. They are 10,000 units in 2013 which by the time you read this is already a done deal, and 100,000 over the Full Year 2013. If these numbers seem conservative, that’s because Hyundai always downplays its launches in order to surprise later. I predict at least a Top 30 ranking for the Mistra by the time 2014 comes to an end with sales somewhere between 120,000 to 160,000.

Brilliance H220 China November 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.youth.cnBrilliance H220

The 2nd most popular all-new entrant this month is the Brilliance H220 at #178 with 1,865 sales, the hatchback version of the H230 launched in August 2012 and ranking #93 so far in 2013 but down 79% year-on-year to #215 in November. The H220 is priced between 54.800 and 67.800 yuan (US$ 9,000-11,200), making it one of the cheapest sub-compact hatchbacks in China and Brilliance’s entry vehicle, with its rear looking a tiny bit like the Chevrolet Cruze hatchback. The H220 competes (and undercuts) cars like the Chevrolet Sail and Hyundai Verna hatchbacks. Given how volatile Brilliance models sales are and how unsuccessful in general hatchback variants are in the country, it is very hard to predict how well the H220 will do, but a Top 100 ranking at any point in its career would be a fine achievement.

Peugeot 301 China November 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comPeugeot 301

One year ago when Peugeot unveiled the new 301 designed for emerging markets, my reaction was: this is perfect for China. And it’s finally here, appearing at #191 with 1,629 sales for now. The 301 is priced between 84.700 and 116.700 yuan (US$ 13.900-19.200), virtually the same as its twin the new generation Citroen C-Elysee launched in September. The 301 is Peugeot’s first foray into a hugely popular segment in China: small-size sedans, and as such competes with massive best-sellers like the VW Jetta (240,000 sales so far in 2013) and Santana (160,000). If successful, the 301 could be the car to open Pandora’s box for Peugeot in China. The last time a Peugeot ranked inside the Chinese year-end Top 30 was in 2008 with the 307 at #28. So far this year the brand’s best-seller is the 308 at an encouraging #63 and 77,000 sales. In that context, breaking into the monthly Top 50 would be a good start for the 301 and 100,000 annual sales seems within reach if not in 2014 then in 2015.

BAW Beiqi Jeep China November 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comBAW Beiqi Jeep (this may not be the 2020 series)

The next two all-new entrants are not really ones but more models that have dropped in and out of rankings along the years. the Haima Prince had disappeared from the face of the earth even though it launched back in 2011, it is #270 this month with 182 sales while the BAW Beiqi 2020 Series is a jeep that has been around for ages, landing at #277 and 111 units this month. There is still no trace of the DS5 in the ranking, however I am in touch with Citroen China as we speak so hopefully I will have more info for you shortly. As far as recent launches are concerned, let’s salute the Beijing Weiwang M20 up 23 spots to #129, GAC Trumpchi GA3 up 24 to #145, Gonow Xinglang MPV up 26 to #182, Skoda Yeti up a spectacular 78 ranks to #190 and the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport up 47 to #205. Reversely, the Honda Jade takes a break, down 15 spots to #82 and the Chery Arrizo 7 is down 29 to #153.

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China 11 months 2013: Discover the Top 345 All-models ranking!

December 11th, 2013 2 comments

Wuling Hongguang China November 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comThe Wuling Hongguang just passed the VW Lavida to become #1 year-to-date in 2013.

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Now that we’ve gone through November data by models and brands, it’s time to study the year-to-date models ranking in China to extract longer-term trends, as is the tradition on BSCB. The big change this month happens at the very top of the ranking: thanks to a huge month above 60,000 sales, the Wuling Hongguang bypasses the VW Lavida to now rank #1 so far in 2013 with 406,711 sales vs. 400,279 for the Volkswagen. Yes this is the first year any passenger car sells more than 400,000 units in China, and there’s high chances there will be a third one – the Ford Focus, now at 365,341 – by the time the year comes to an end! Add to this the fact that 2013 will remain in the automobile history books as the first year more than 20 million new vehicles found a buyer in any country in the world (yep that’s here in China), and this is turning out to be quite a momentous year for new car sales in China!

Ford Kuga China November 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comThe Ford Kuga is the best-selling all-new model so far this year with 86,000 sales.

If we step outside the podium and look into the 2013 Top 30, we find 6 clear winners in terms of progression vs. 2012. Firstly the VW Sagitar, up 41% and 7 spots year-on-year to brilliantly land inside the Top 5 at #5 with 250,519 sales, then the Nissan Sylphy, all glorified from its record-breaking performance this month, selling at almost double the rate as in 2012 and up 22 ranks to #8 and 227,385 units. Another model to double its sales this year is the Haval H6, up 26 spots to #13 with 194,143 sales, earning it the title of best-selling SUV in the country ahead of the VW Tiguan (182,466) and Honda CR-V (181,663). Finally we have the Hyundai Elantra Langdong up 197% to #14, VW Santana up 61% to #21 and Hyundai ix35 up 50% to #24.

ChangAn Eado China November 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comChangAn Eado sales are up 129% year-on-year so far in 2013.

Beyond the Top 30, a few Chinese models are making tsunami-size waves: the Great Wall Haval M4 is up 189% and 64 ranks to #32, the BYD F3 Surui up 323% and 98 spots to #35, Dongfeng Future up 52% and 20 ranks to #39, Roewe 350 up 47% and 18 spots to #42 and Venucia R50/D50 up 187% and 68 ranks to #47. If we go down the ranking, the most impressive progressions are also Chinese: the ChangAn Eado is up 129% and 50 spots to #59, ChangAn Yuexiang V3 up 320% and 99 ranks to #66, ChangAn CS35 up 1848% and 160 spots to #69, Great Wall Voleex C50 up 71% and 31 ranks to #76 and GAC Trumpchi GS5 up 198% and 73 spots to #81.

Hyundai Santa Fe China November 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comThe Hyundai Santa Fe sold over 65,000 units in 12 months in China.

There are no less than 55 all-new models making their way into the Chinese ranking over the past 12 months. Yep, that’s more than one a week! Talk about a dynamic market. However there is none in the Top 50, with the most popular so far being the Ford Kuga at #54 with 85,993 sales. After just 6 months the Honda Crider ranks 67th at 69,001 units, ahead of the Hyundai Santa Fe at #70 with 66,521 sales, Buick Encore at #85 and 54,350 units, Ford Ecosport at #88 and 52,210 sales, Citroen C4L at #94 and 49,508 units and Peugeot 3008 at #98 and 47,086. That’s a robust 7 new entrants inside the Top 100…

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China November 2013: Now with Top 66 All-brands ranking!

December 11th, 2013 23 comments

Toyota RAV4 China November 2013. Picture courtesy of cheshi.comRecord RAV4 sales helped push Toyota to #2 overall this month.

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After going through the best-selling passenger cars in November in China, let’s shed the light on the brands ranking. Keep in mind this ranking doesn’t include commercial vehicles nor imports. Below Volkswagen still reigning supreme at 177,843, Toyota surprises, gaining 3 spots and 25,000 units on October to stop just short of 100,000 sales in November at 97,508. The RAV4 and Vios both hitting nameplate records this month are partly to thank for this performance. In spite of lodging the best-ever monthly volume for a Japanese model with the Sylphy, Nissan is down one rank on last month to #3 but up 13,000 sales to 95,273. Hyundai and Honda are also both down one spot on last month but up volume-wise to 92,008 (+12,000) and 81,833 (+8,000) respectively.

Citroen C-Elysee China November 2013. Picture courtesy of cheyun.comThe new generation Citroen C-Elysee – helping Citroen up to #18.

Further down, Kia passes ChangAn to get back inside the Top 10, Chery and DongFeng bypass Audi, Citroen is now above Haval thanks to the success of the new generation C-Elysee and C4L, Mazda jumps two spots to #23 as does BMW to #28 while Beijing Auto is up 4 to #29 with the E-Series passing the 10,000 monthly unit-mark for the first time in November. While notoriously not as successful as they wished at home, there are still 23 Chinese carmakers inside the Top 40 brands this month and 38 among the Top 60… Chrysler rounds up the ranking with one lonely unit sold.

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China November 2013: Nissan Sylphy delivers best month ever for a Japanese model!

December 11th, 2013 6 comments

Nissan Sylphy China November 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comNever had a Japanese model sold as many monthly units in China as the Nissan Sylphy…

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Sales of passenger cars in China gain a very robust 15% year-on-year in November to 1.63 million units, with the overall market including trucks up 13% on 2012 over the first 11 months of the year to 19.9 million, meaning China will be the first country in history to break the 20-million-a-year threshold. As a reminder, China grew by only 4% over the Full Year 2012. The Wuling Hongguang delivers an astounding 60,168 sales this month, 2.5 times its figure from a year ago and its 2nd best-ever monthly result below the 64,096 units it clocked up last February. This means the Hongguang takes the lead of the passenger cars sales charts in 2013 year-to-date at 406,711 units, blitzing past the VW Lavida at 400,729 sales and down 15% to #4 and 27,055 sales this month. The Hongguang and Lavida thus become the first ever passenger cars to sell more than 400,000 units in a single year in China.

Haval H6 China October 2013b. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comThe Haval H6 breaks its monthly volume record for the 5th month in a row!

A change of leader in China is a big event, granted, but not as big as what we witness in third position: the Nissan Sylphy triples its November 2012 score to reach 31,333 sales this month, becoming the 8th passenger car in the history of automobile in China to have sold more than 30,000 monthly units at least once and, most strikingly, the very first Japanese model to do so! Other members of this exclusive club are (in chronological order) the BYD F3, VW Passat, VW Lavida, Chevrolet Sail, Ford Focus, Wuling Hongguang and Buick Excelle. The previous monthly record for a Japanese model in China was held by the Honda Accord which sold 25,036 units back in December 2011.

Emgrand EC7 China November 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comThe Emgrand EC7 makes it 3 Chinese passenger cars in the Top 10 for the first time in 3 years.

There are many more events in the Chinese models charts this month. Firstly the Haval H6 is up two spots on October to rank #8, its 2nd best-ever ranking after the #7 it hit last July, with an all-time high 23,026 sales, up 52% year-on-year, the 7th time it breaks its volume record this month and the 5th consecutive time it does so! The Emgrand EC7 also breaks its monthly sales record, for the 2nd consecutive month, at 20,953 units, gaining 26% year-on-year. This is only the second time ever the EC7 manages to climb into the Top 10 after hitting #10 in December 2012, and it means we have 3 Chinese passenger cars inside the national Top 10, a feat we haven’t witnessed since December 2010!

Honda Crider China November 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comThe Honda CRider is now among China’s Top 20 most popular models.

Other great performers this month in China include the Toyota RAV4 up 20 spots on October and 277% year-on-year to an all-time high #16 and 18,592 sales, the Honda Crider breaking into the Top 20 for the first time at its 6th month in market, up 34% on October to a record 16,761 units, only 2,500 off becoming the brand’s best-seller in the country and the Honda Accord up 18 ranks on last month and 73% year-on-year to #25 with 13,703 sales thanks to the new generation now in dealerships.

Toyota Vios China November 2013. Picture courtesy of autotimes.com.cnRecord-breaking month for the Toyota Vios in China.

While the previous generation had been stuck beyond the 150th position for the best part of the past couple of years, Toyota hits gold with the new Vios: it shoots up 182 spots on October to #31 with 12,726 sales vs. just 891 last month, already and by far the nameplate’s monthly volume record! The Vios could become the 5th Toyota to regularly rank inside the Top 20 in 2014 along with the RAV4, Camry, Corolla and Corolla EX… There are many more models reaching all-time high sales this month: among them the Nissan Livina at #33 and 12,597 units, the Venucia R50/D50 at #34 and 12,352 and Roewe 350 at #36 and 12,156, one of 8 Chinese models inside the Top 40.

Beijing E-Series China November 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comThe Beijing E-Series sells more than 10,000 monthly units for the first time in November.

Further down, the Beijing E-Series breaks into the Chinese Top 50 for the very first time at #49, also breaking the 10,000 monthly unit-benchmark at 10,006 units, up 186% year-on-year. The ChangAn Eado stops just short of both these milestones at a best-ever #51 and 9,855 sales. Notice also the Ford Kuga being one of only two all-new models (read less than one year old) with the Honda Crider to sell more than 10,000 units at #43 and 10,426, the Chery E3 up 14 spots and 32% on last month to #59, Toyota Reiz up 11 to #63 thanks to the new model, Citroen C-Elysee up 68% to #68, Citroen C4L up 11 ranks to a best-ever #70 and 8,089 sales and the Fiat Viaggo back up 35 spots to #95. There are 5 all-new models in the Chinese ranking this month, but this will be the subject of a separate article…

Previous month (models): China October 2013: Ford Focus, Chevy Cruze, Haval H6 and Emgrand EC7 hit record volumes

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China October 2013: Now with Top 65 All-brands ranking!

November 25th, 2013 11 comments

Honda Jade China October 2013. Picture courtesy of xgo.com.cnThe Jade helped Honda pass Toyota in China this month.

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Quick update to share with you an All-brands ranking for China in October. Keep in mind this is for locally-produced models only and excludes LCVs. Volkswagen continues to sell almost 3 times as much as any other brand with 214,215 units sold this month. Nissan passes Hyundai to rank #2 in October thanks to 81,862 sales vs. 80,038 while Honda is now #4 above Toyota at 73,984 units vs. 72,406 thanks to the success of its recently launched models: CRider and Jade. Ford and Buick remain extremely solid at #6 and #7 both around 70,000 sales, Emgrand is up 4 spots on September to #22, JAC up 6 to #26 and Venucia up 5 to #34.

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China: 1980-2013 Historical Data now available

November 18th, 2013 8 comments

 

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

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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!

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. 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

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China October 2013: Focus on the all-new models

November 15th, 2013 1 comment

JAC Heyue A30 China October 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comJAC Heyue A30

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As is now the tradition on BestSellingCarsBlog, after going through October sales and a year-to-date update for China, given this is the most dynamic car market in the world we zoom in on the all-new models making their first appearance in the Chinese ranking this month. This way you know all there is to know about absolutely all new cars getting into production in the most important car marketplace there is. In October we have four newcomers making their way into the Chinese ranking, two of them Chinese, with scores still relatively discreet for now. There are a lot more new launches to come in the next few months so be sure to check this monthly update often!

The most popular arrival is the JAC Heyue A30, landing at #144 with 2,800 sales. The A30 is a small sedan starting at 62.800 yuan ($10,300) and ending at 82.000 yuan ($13,500). It brings local manufacturer JAC into a new segment in which Chinese carmakers have no competition from foreign manufacturers yet: affordable small sedans. The JAC Heyue A30 therefore competes with the likes of the Great Wall Voleex C30, Haima M3 or the recently launched Chery E3. According to Car News China, “this segment is very popular in second and third tier cities where many citizens now have the cash to buy their first car, and what they want is a no-bullshit cheap sedan. JAC cars are rare in the big cities on the east coast where most car buyers go for the more expensive foreign brands”. I can confirm I only spotted a couple of JAC cars during my recent stay in Beijing. How far up can the A30 go? The answer is very far. Ranking at #144 it already is the brand’s #2 best-seller below the JAC Refine MPV at #106 and JAC’s #1 passenger car just above the Heyue down 55% to #145… A spot in the Top 100 seems guaranteed at this stage, a spot in the Top 50 would get JAC into the next level at home.

Gonow XingLang MPV China October 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comGonow Xinglang MPV

Further below we have the Gonow Xinglang MPV (meaning ‘bright star’) making its entrance at #208 with 960 sales. Gonow is a subsidiary of GAC who was granted in November 2011 a patent by Dongfeng-Nissan to manufacture a clone of the Nissan NV200 which is what the Xinglang MPV is. So we’re looking at a legal copy here. It starts at at 52.800 yuan ($8,700) and ends at 79.800 yuan ($13,100): incredibly, cheaper than a cheap sedan! For comparison, the Nissan NV200, also produced locally and ranking #187 with 1,469 sales this month, costs double: it starts at 105.800 yuan ($17,400) and ends at 131.800 yuan ($21,600). It’s very hard to predict long-term sales prospects for the Xinglang, as it is already the best-selling of all 3 Gonow models present in the ranking! (the Aoosed GX5 is #233 and the Aoosed G5 is #240) and the brand’s first incursion into MPVs. It should be able to gather more sales than the Nissan NV200 so a spot inside the Top 150 could be a possibility.

Mitsubishi Pajero Sport China October 2013Mitsubishi Pajero Sport

The next new arrival will be familiar to you: it’s the Mitsubishi Pajero Sport, switching from import to local production and therefore making its first appearance in our monthly sales charts at #252 with 347 sales. The way to differentiate import from locally produced Pajero Sport is the horizontal bars inside the grille for the Chinese version vs. vertical for the import. The Pajero Sport is produced by the GAC-Mitsubishi joint-venture founded one year ago and which already gave birth to the local ASX. Mitsubishi has also been producing passenger cars locally through another joint-venture with SouEast. For reference, the ASX ranked inside the Chinese Top 100 for the first time last September and currently stands at #144 year-to-date with 26,929 sales, meaning a spot inside the Top 175 for the Pajero Sport would be a neat achievement.

Skoda Yeti China October 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.ifeng.comSkoda Yeti

Another model switching from import to local production this month is the Skoda Yeti. The Chinese Yeti starts just under 200,000 yuan ($32,800), positioning it as an entry-premium SUV, which can seem rather strange if you live in Europe. But both Volkswagen and Skoda are considered very classy here in China. The Chinese Yeti’s wheelbase stretched by 8 cm for more space in the back. Stretched variants are not uncommon in China but usually apply to luxury sedans like the Audi A6L and BMW 5 Series L, making the Yeti the first stretched small SUV to go on sale here. It lands at #268 with 180 sales, but given virtually all Skodas have been met with success in China this is a very temporary ranking. A stint inside the Top 100 is almost a certainty within the next 6 to 12 months, anything better will make the Yeti a blockbuster. For comparison the Octavia ranks #38 this month, the Rapid #93, the Superb #128 and the Fabia #153.

DS5 China October 2013DS5

Finally, I know a lot of you have asked about sales figures for the DS5 now produced locally by the new Changan-PSA joint venture, which will be soon followed by the DS4, DS3 and DS X7 SUV. The official launch occurred on September 30, however there are no sales figures for October, which could mean actual sales of the locally-produced model have not started even though orders are being taken, or Changan-PSA does not share sales figures yet. I am looking into this matter as I am writing this article so stay tuned!

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China 10 months 2013: Discover the Top 339 All-models ranking!

November 14th, 2013 16 comments

VW Gran Lavida China October 2013. Picture courtesy of xincheping.comThe VW Lavida is #1 in 2013 thanks to the Gran Lavida…

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As is the tradition on BSCB, after looking at the October best-sellers in China, we delve into the year-to-date models ranking a little deeper to extract longer term trends. The #1 market in the world is up a fantastic 13% so far in 2013 to 17.81 million units and well on track to break the 20 million units barrier before the year comes to an end, the first time any country in the world has ever managed that feat… In spite of holding onto the top spot for the last few month, the Wuling Hongguang is still #2 this year with 346,543 sales (+34%) below the VW Lavida at 373,224 (+91%), 47,989 of which are the Gran Lavida. Yes, you have read well, the VW Lavida would not be #1 nationwide without its hatchback/station wagon variant…

Ford Focus China October 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.com2013 Ford Focus sales are up 48% on 2012 so far in China.

…and it would not even be #2 but #3 behind the Ford Focus, in olympic form once again this year at +48% to 326,557 units. Let’s just pause for a moment to notice that after only 10 months in 2012, all Top 3 most popular models have all sold more than any other Passenger Car did in a Full Year in China since the invention of the automobile! The previous 3 best scores were the Wuling Hongguang at 316,237 over the Full Year 2012, the Ford Focus at 296,360 the same year and the BYD F3 at 291,010 in 2009. More analysis will follow shortly.

Ford Kuga China October 2013The Ford Kuga is the best-selling all-new model so far in 2013.

All other models sell less than 250,000 units over the first 10 months of this year, and there are a few clear winners inside the Top 20. Firstly the VW Sagitar (aka current generation worldwide Jetta), up 49% and 8 spots to a splendid 5th position with 229,748 units, the Nissan Sylphy up 89% and 20 ranks to land at #11 with 196,052 sales, the Buick Excelle XT/GT up 21% and two ranks to #12 and the Hyundai Elantra Langdong, launched in August 2012 and understandably up 285% to #13. But the most impressive is the Haval H6, more than doubling its sales (+110%) to arrive at #14 with 171,117 units and snapping the title of #1 SUV in the country away from the VW Tiguan (#15) and Honda CR-V (#16).

Honda CRider China October 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comThe Honda Crider sold over 50,000 units in just 5 months.

The Emgrand EC7 also impresses and breaks into the year-to-date Top 20, up 32% and 6 ranks to #19 with 150,833 units, #3 Chinese model in the ranking. The new generation pushes the VW Santana up 63% and 15 spots to #22, but it’s word-of-mouth that is lifting the Hyundai ix35 by a fantastic 60% and 21 ranks to #26 this year… Launched in October 2012, the Kia K3 is no longer the best-selling all-new model but still ranks at an outstanding #29. The Great Wall Voleex C30 is up just 2% and the 4th Chinese inside the Top 30 at #30, followed by the Great Wall Haval M4 at #32 (+225%), BYD F3 Surui at #35 (+516%) and the DongFeng Future at #39 (+56%).

Citroen C4L China October 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.sohu.comLaunched this year, the Citroen C4L is already among the Top 100 most popular models in China.

The Ford Kuga now leads the all-new models charge at #54 with 75,567 units sold in 9 months, ahead of the ChangAn Honor at #61 with 70,828, the Hyundai Santa Fe at #70 and 59,805, Honda Crider at #77 and 52,240 (in only 5 months!), Buick Encore at #89 and 46,913, Ford Ecosport at #92 and 44,507, Peugeot 3008 at #99 and 41,620 and the Citroen C4L at #100 and 41,419 sales. That’s 8 all-new models inside the Top 100 (vs. none in the US over the same period!) out of 53 in total, keeping in mind this ranking only accounts for locally-produced models. At the same time last year there were 290 models produced and sold in China, now there are 339…

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