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China April 2012: Two more low-cost brands make their debut

Venucia D50

* See the Top 265 best-selling models by clicking on the title! Many thanks to DC *

New car sales in China are up 12.5% year-on-year in April to 1.4 million. The Buick Excelle is still not letting go of its pole position, holding it for the third time in a row and the 6th time in the last 9 months with 23,179 sales, bringing its year-to-date total to an outstanding 99,557 units. Below the antediluvian VW Jetta (based on the 1984 model) still valiant in 2nd place, the Ford Focus, boosted by the arrival of the new generation, is up a massive 14 spots on March to round up the podium at #3 and 21,793 units.

Ford Focus

Volkswagen manages to place 3 models in the Top 5 with the Passat at #4 and the Lavida at #5 and 4 models in the Top 7 with the Bora at #7… Like in January, the Hyundai Verna hits its best-ever ranking at #8 thanks to a record 18,786 sales, making it two Hyundais in the Top 10 with the Elantra Yuedong at #9. Highest position ever also for the VW Magotan up to #11 with 16,188 units.

GAC Trumpchi GS5

The best-selling Chinese model is once again the Great Wall Haval H3/H5/H6 this month at #13 with 15,747 sales followed by the FAW Xiali N3/N5 at #15 with 15,476 units and the Chery QQ at #20 with 12,423 sales. In transition between the old and new generations, the BYD F3, best-selling model in China overall in 2009 and 2010, is down to #45 at 8,216 units. Notice also the excellent performance of the Audi A6 L up to #30 with 13,675 sales, double the amount it sold in Germany over the same period!

Great Wall Voleex C50

As far as recent launches are concerned, the best-performing model is without doubt the Great Wall Voleex C50, up 35 spots on March to break into the Top 100 for the first time at #90 with 3,913 units. The ChangAn Eado also gets noticed, climbing up 32 ranks to #143 with 2,003 sales while the BMW X1 is up 43 spots to #144 at 2,000 units and the MG 5 is up 14 ranks to #168.

Gleagle GX7

But the big story this month in China is the arrival of two new low-cost brands in the market, making it a total of 4. In April 2011, Guangzhou-Honda launched the new brand Linian with the S1 based on the previous generation City to mixed results with a peak of #89 last August. That same month, General Motors launched the Baojun 630 which received a much warmer welcome: it peaked at #31 last February, and after falling to #83 last month it is now back up to #53.

Ciimo Si Ming

In April we welcome Ciimo, Dongfeng-Honda’s low-cost brand with the Ciimo Si Ming based on the previous generation Honda Civic selling 3,022 units for a respectable 118th position. Dongfeng-Nissan released the Venucia D50 based on the previous generation Nissan Tiida sedan, landing at #122 with 2,845 sales at #122. These two monthly figures are so far the strongest starts for Chinese low-cost models: the Linian S1 debuted at 2,084 units and the Baojun 630 at 869.

Great Wall Haval M4

But these two are not the only newcomers in the ranking this month. We also welcome the Gleagle GX7 at #135 with 2,307 sales, the now locally produced Mercedes GLK at #169 with 1,344 units, the Beijing E-Series at #183 with 949 sales, the Dongfeng Fengshan A60 at #191 with 700 units, the Chery Cowin 5 at #194 with 589 sales, the Great Wall Haval M4 at #197 with 532 units, the GAC Trumpchi GS5 at #200 with 484 sales and the Gonow Aoosed GX5 at #245 with 85 units. That’s no less than 10 all-new models in China this month!

Previous month: China March 2012: Buick Excelle #1, Honda CR-V breaks record

One year ago: China April 2011: VW Lavida takes off, new brand Linian arrives

Full April 2012 Top 265 Ranking Table below.

China April 2012:

1Buick Excelle23,179199,55711
2VW Jetta21,909375,08464
3Ford Focus21,7931759,400129
4VW Passat21,357590,107212
5VW Lavida20,000777,97742
6Chevrolet Sail19,860282,11136
7VW Bora19,836672,41875
8Hyundai Verna18,7861267,275821
9Hyundai Elantra Yuedong17,5231562,266118
10Honda CR-V17,417454,0741814
11VW Magotan16,1881345,9372347
12Chevrolet Cruze15,914877,96553
13Great Wall Haval H3/H5/H615,7471059,0221318
14Toyota Corolla15,603958,1391511
15FAW Xiali N3/N515,4761665,80397
16Nissan Sunny14,7061857,4501715
17Nissan Tiida14,1281458,3641435
18VW Tiguan14,0002363,3951023
19Audi A6L13,6753042,9192833
20Chery QQ12,4232744,2432617
21VW Golf11,9863135,8753641
22Buick Excelle XT/GT11,9812257,7221622
23Kia K211,7393442,8392978
24Nissan Qashqai11,6022145,7092434
25Nissan Bluebird Sylphy11,5173239,9713127
26Toyota Corolla EX11,4052444,3892530
27Skoda Octavia11,1192946,9692226
28Toyota Camry10,8601949,8782019
29Great Wall Voleex C3010,7812050,8891920
30VW Santana Vista10,5004037,4133436
31Honda Accord10,1382640,2513013
32Toyota RAV410,0433339,0213240
33VW Santana10,0004628,6115044
34VW Polo9,9503934,6204129
35VW Sagitar9,9505433,6234525
36Honda City9,5403535,8883528
37Emgrand EC79,5263738,6103343
38Hyundai Sonata9,1604234,9444060
39Audi A4L8,8684135,0853949
40Chery Tiggo8,4682835,4173742
41BYD F08,4449314,1229753
42BMW 5-Series L8,3975626,8575568
43Citroen C-Quatre8,3714334,6064231
44Nissan Livina8,3704934,1774339
45BYD F38,2162547,7132110
47Nissan Teana7,8181143,1892716
48Hyundai Elantra7,5104833,8364432
49Audi Q57,1084728,3105177
50Buick LaCrosse6,9525230,5774837
51Kia Forte Furuidi6,8524533,2854624
52JAC Heyue/Heyue RS6,6795327,5885354
53Gleagle Freedom Ship6,5798021,8676852
54Dongfeng Joyear6,5116723,7326158
55Toyota Reiz6,5075922,3856666
56Ford Mondeo6,3247720,2407869
57Hyundai ix356,2935026,3325638
58Honda Civic6,0355135,3273857
59Baojun 6306,0188328,05352145
60Buick GL86,0118220,9467165
61Roewe 3505,9456821,9146771
62Kia Sportage R5,8447320,7037270
63Soueast V3 Lingyue5,7976023,0866362
64Ford Fiesta5,7777220,4777473
65BYD S65,7723631,7654775
66Buick Regal5,7557025,5655856
67Chery Fulwin 25,7536516,6368751
68Haima Family5,7115720,5617355
69Dongfeng Future5,7076623,51062131
70FAW Besturn B505,6247821,7206950
71Gleagle King Kong5,2916923,0246463
72Peugeot 3085,2197622,39265185
73Zotye 50085,0328920,2937759
74Hyundai Tucson4,9719415,8848991
75Toyota Highlander4,9335824,3105945
76Mazda3 Xingcheng4,9238119,12381140
77Suzuki Beidouxing4,8646126,3315780
78Citroen C-Elysée4,8346220,3197667
79JAC Refine4,7118518,1938479
80BMW 3-Series4,6676313,94499107
81Peugeot 4084,6578417,7218587
82Honda Crosstour4,6372255,210165229
83Suzuki SX44,5159618,2458364
84Kia K54,5069215,61490114
85Suzuki Alto4,4468817,5468682
86Dongfeng Fengshan H30/S304,4049819,54380122
87BYD L34,3666424,14660110
88Honda Fit4,3669010,725118146
89Shanghai Englon SC74,1797919,9317990
90Lianhua L34,10014311,333110120
91Brilliance V54,05711713,150102n/a
92Skoda Fabia4,0218715,5079195
93Skoda Superb4,00812513,59210098
94ChangAn CX204,0057121,64870105
95Great Wall Voleex C503,9131307,666140 –
96Mercedes E-Klasse L3,7281108,094138100
97Suzuki Swift3,70610215,47792103
98Chery E53,6675520,36675112
99Roewe 5503,64910313,134103106
100JAC Tongyue3,63613210,96711386
101MG 33,62111810,743117143
102Linian S13,6009911,366109136
103Brilliance H5303,5461219,279127158
104Mercedes C-Klasse3,5431526,163156123
105Chevrolet Spark3,5159116,5968861
106Lifan 6203,51510514,3759684
107FAW Xenia S80/M803,50810914,51195109
108Kia Sportage3,4687415,0619399
109Suzuki Lingyang3,36010014,8589489
110VW Polo Jinqu/Jinqing3,30011411,11111196
111Kia Cerato3,27813112,34710676
112Chevrolet Aveo3,1967518,81682128
113ChangAn Yuexiang3,139979,76412483
114Toyota Crown3,09211610,435121126
115Gleagle Panda/GX23,07111311,938107101
116Brilliance Junjie FSV3,06412310,912114108
117Chery A13,0591578,509132147
118Ciimo Si Ming3,022 –3,022183 –
119Gleagle Vision2,95310712,81010488
120BYD G62,9028613,250101191
121Lianhua L52,8981806,455155200
122Venucia D502,845 –2,845184 –
123Dongfeng Shuai2,82411510,498120139
124Lifan 520/520i2,71312411,710108102
125ChangAn Benben Mini2,7083830,1714948
126Nissan X-Trail2,57313310,789116130
127Lifan X602,5661289,000128198
128Peugeot 3072,53410112,77710593
129Citroen C52,5231229,985122115
130Brilliance Junjie FRV2,5121458,38913472
131Hawtai Santa Fe2,4741198,84813094
132Chery Cowin 22,46711211,04911285
134Great Wall Voleex C20R2,3662196,119158203
135Gleagle GX72,307 –2,307188 –
136Honda Odyssey2,3001118,260135125
137Luxgen 7 SUV2,2561089,906123195
138Lifan 3202,1321488,504133152
139Mitsubishi Lancer EX2,1021368,258136137
140BYD G32,06510614,0949874
141Peugeot 5082,0261347,402144164
142MG 62,0111466,871150138
143ChangAn Eado2,0031753,336180 –
144VW Touran2,00013810,841115119
145BMW X12,0001882,575185 –
146Mazda6 Ruiwing1,9621506,838151121
147Peugeot 2071,95710410,68811997
148Shanghai Englon SC5/Golden Eagle1,9471427,519142154
149Hyundai Sonata MoInca1,9341358,225137129
150FAW Weizhi V21,8991518,861129133
151Jinbei Granse/S501,8061615,322162153
152Changfeng Black King DUV1,7741207,034146166
153Haima Freema1,7471407,957139142
154Gleagle GC71,7271397,657141240
155Toyota Prado1,6741476,722152144
156Chevrolet Malibu1,659959,281126 –
157Chery Cowin 3/A51,6571497,473143104
158Chery A31,6491536,902149113
159FAW Weizhi1,573 –1,643203135
160Chery Cowin 11,5031377,157145124
161Riich G31,4891296,947148235
162Riich X11,4851634,883168165
163GAC Trumpchi1,4531604,989166161
164Nissan NV2001,4091415,819161163
165Great Wall Haval M21,3691554,862170141
166Zotye Z2001,3531704,949167175
167Haima 2 Cupid1,3501893,974178148
168MG 51,3441822,092191 –
169Mercedes GLK1,344 –1,344209 –
170Toyota E’Z Yizhi1,2981734,474174159
171Toyota Yaris1,2661693,931179150
172JMC Yusheng/Baowei1,2081624,861171178
173Huanghai Aurora1,1761675,211164156
174Jiangnan Alto1,0861645,278163116
175FAW Besturn B701,0791585,867160132
176Great Wall Florid1,0591654,773172117
177Kia Rio1,0521664,513173127
178Hafei Lobo1,0421971,807199209
179Kia Soul1,0381714,288176180
180Citroen C21,0351594,878169179
181Honda Spirior1,0341746,047159155
182Haima 7 Knight1,0061546,668153134
183Beijing E-Series949 –949218 –
184Landwind X8/X6/X99051684,259177171
185Toyota Vios8801724,364175169
186JAC Yueyue8661902,135190218
187Suzuki Liana8651843,182181151
188Brilliance Splendor/Junjie (BS4)8431872,356187174
189JAC Rein7871793,058182177
190Emgrand EC87801567,019147157
191Dongfeng Fengshan A60700 –700228 –
192Chevrolet Epica6631766,614154118
194Chery Cowin 5589 –589232 –
195Hyundai Accent5781852,276189149
196Mitsubishi Pajero564215876221181
197Great Wall Haval M4532 –532237 –
198Haima M115131771,488207 –
199Nissan March4962031,953196160
200GAC Trumpchi GS5484 –484239 –
201Haima Prince4691922,507186168
202Zhongxing Landmark4692001,541206170
203Volvo S80L4672082,037192183
204BAW Jeep4411781,819198190
205Nissan Paladin4321912,027193188
206Cadillac SLS4151951,978194194
207Gonow Saboo G3/Aoosed G53842101,245211250
208Zotye Multiplan3641941,955195167
209BYD F6360 –390247172
210Toyota Land Cruiser 2003561931,646202192
211Foton MP-X3501961,550205214
212Brilliance Zunchi (BS6)335217737227227
213Volvo S402842041,210213199
214ChangAn Zhixiang/CX302791446,133157162
215Roewe W52652161,180214206
216Toyota Prius261206984217 –
217BJC Warrior2582051,051216217
218Mercedes Vito249223589233216
219Hyundai i302472111,221212182
220Karry Youya2311861,685201184
221Kia Optima2312021,578204215
222Mercedes Viano231240414243193
223Ford S-Max217222784223213
224Rely V5216214660230197
225Suzuki Splash2082071,469208251
226Foton MP-X Midi200221750224207
227Great Wall Voleex V80199246856222201
228Mitsubishi Lancer174212911219205
229FAW Vizi169 –171256n/a
230Dongfeng Oting156201741226223
231JAC Binyue153199748225242
233Changhe Ideal1421831,738200208
234Changfeng CS7 Feiteng137220673229210
235Hafei Saima133218635231221
236Roewe 750132227547235202
237BYD e6129230433241n/a
238Changfeng CS6121224373248230
239Great Wall Phenom113n/a113261n/a
240Mitsubishi Zinger108226432242233
241BYD M6106228392246219
242BYD F3DM101234411244244
243Landwind Fashion97239249252246
244Riich G595233536236225
245Gonow Aoosed GX585 –85266 –
246Rely X577237261249226
247Hawtai B35722131,114215248
248Dongfeng Yumsun69229396245241
249FAW Vela66236554234220
250Gonow Jetstar66242252250232
251Karry Youyi6625289265n/a
252Buick Park Avenue57244206254224
253Mitsubishi Galant51235250251239
254Hawtai Terracan35248115260222
255MG 734245155258212
256Riich G632247110262n/a
257Haima 324 –99264228
258BAW (Beijing) Luba17232166257237
259Great Wall Coolbear17n/a17270n/a
260Nissan Murano12251123259243
261Hawtai B111124980267211
262Riich M19238467240187
263Tianqi Meiya SUV925030269247
264Shanghai Englon TX46 –506238238
265Chery Eastar6243224253234

Source:, many thank to DC from for sharing the data!

Note: This ranking excludes imports.
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