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China 6 months 2012: 3 US models in Top 4, no Chinese in Top 15!

Buick Excelle – China is the only country in the world where a Buick is #1

* See the Top 277 best-selling models by clicking on the title! *

The biggest car market in the world has seen its models ranking completely reorganised in the last year. The big and very unexpected trend is the rise and rise of American models and brands, and the fall of Chinese marques. Over the first 6 months of 2012, 3 of the 4 best-selling models in China are from American brands. Even though absolutely all models in this ranking are manufactured locally this is a very significant evolution that could potentially have a lot of positive consequences for US car manufacturers in the near future.

Chevrolet Sail

The Buick Excelle is now the most popular passenger car in the country. It finished 2011 in pole position and is #1 again over the first half of 2012 with 146,651 sales, up 21% year-on-year. By comparison, the best-selling American passenger car in the US over the same period, the Chevrolet Malibu, sold 141,437 units there… The Chevrolet Sail follows at 137,654 units, up a massive 64% and 8 spots, even topping the sales charts in May. At #3 we find the first of 5 Volkswagens in the Top 11: the antediluvian VW Jetta, still based on the 1984 model, up 2% to 118,407 sales. Just below is the Chevrolet Cruze, up 15% to 118,018 sales (vs. 113,884 in the US).

Chevrolet Cruze

The VW Passat is up 82% and 16 ranks to #5 and led the ranking in January, ahead of the VW Bora (+18%), the Ford Focus, another American leading the monthly ranking – this time in June, the VW Lavida, leader at the same time last year but now down 18% to #8 and the Hyundai Verna up 21 spots and 70% to #9. Notice also the VW Tiguan up 52% and 12 ranks to #11, the Nissan Tiida up 129% and 40 spots to #12 and the Honda CR-V up 50% and 14 ranks to #14.

The Emgrand EC7 is the only Chinese model in the Top 40 to gain positions year-on-year

While at the same time last year there were 2 Chinese models in the Top 5 and 4 in the Top 12, in 2012 there is no local in the Top 15! The FAW Xiali N3/N5 is the best-seller but down 19% to #16, followed by the Great Wall Haval H3/H5 down one spot to #20, the BYD F3 down 19 and 40% to #23, the Great Wall Voleex C30 down 13 to #25 and the Chery QQ down 16 to #27. The only local enjoying its time in the Top 40 is the Emgrand EC7, up 25% and 13 spots to #31…

Sales of Audi A4L are up 47% in China

In these eventful times, luxury German models are doing extremely well: the VW Magotan is up 49 spots and 124% to #18, the Audi A6L (L for extended wheelbase!) is up 19 and 39% to #21 with 70,286 sales, the Audi A4L is up 24 and 47% to #39 and the BMW 5 Series L is up 20 ranks and 31% to #45.

The Chery E5 is the 4th best performing all-new model over the period at #80

Other impressive gainers include the Nissan Qashqai up 44% to #24, the Kia K2 up 187 spots to #28, the Hyundai Sonata up 180% to #44, the BYD S6 up 841% to #47, the Dongfeng Future up 183% to #61 and the BYD L3 up 185% to #63. There are no less than 46 all-new models making their appearance in the ranking! The best-sellers are the Baojun 630 at #58, the Peugeot 308 at #70, the Mazda3 Xingcheng at #77 and the Chery E5 at #80.

Previous post: China June 2012: Ford Focus in pole position for the first time

Previous month: China May 2012: Chevrolet Sail leads the way, Ford Focus #2

One year ago: China June 2011: Nissan Sunny and VW Passat impress

Full 6 months 2012 Top 277 Ranking Table below.

China 6 months 2012:

1Buick Excelle146,65121%121,4182
2Chevrolet Sail137,65464%84,04310
3VW Jetta118,4072%116,1813
4Chevrolet Cruze118,01815%102,5846
5VW Passat116,03282%63,83421
6VW Bora110,95718%94,0429
7Ford Focus109,7008%101,9127
8VW Lavida108,007-18%131,6261
9Hyundai Verna98,62770%57,92330
10Hyundai Elantra Yuedong97,516-3%100,5908
11VW Tiguan95,34152%62,56423
12Nissan Tiida93,389129%40,87052
13Toyota Corolla90,30534%67,60417
14Honda CR-V88,80050%59,18428
15Nissan Sunny87,96120%73,15913
16FAW Xiali N3/N586,969-19%107,6855
17Buick Excelle XT/GT84,93528%66,51018
18VW Magotan78,769124%35,13567
19Toyota Camry77,18224%62,30326
20Great Wall Haval H3/H572,79810%65,94219
21Audi A6L70,28639%50,57240
22Skoda Octavia70,16012%62,54825
23BYD F368,210-40%112,8424
24Nissan Qashqai68,11044%47,25246
25Great Wall Voleex C3067,899-12%76,86112
26VW Sagitar67,23512%60,28427
27Chery QQ67,133-13%77,04711
28Kia K266,61222712%292215
29Toyota Corolla EX65,77942%46,18047
30Nissan Teana60,880-17%73,02614
31Emgrand EC760,84525%48,76944
32Toyota RAV460,42550%40,22156
33VW Golf59,37137%43,33549
34Nissan Livina59,07521%48,83743
35VW Santana Vista57,946-2%58,99929
36Honda Accord57,787-17%69,73316
37Honda City56,0565%53,29536
38VW Santana54,967-3%56,62735
39Audi A4L53,71947%36,53863
40Nissan Sylphy53,229-18%64,73520
41VW Polo53,001-27%72,85415
42Chery Tiggo52,9088%49,18242
43Citroen C-Quatre51,425-11%57,91331
44Hyundai Sonata51,289180%18,326108
45BMW 5-Series L47,29231%36,22365
46Kia Forte Furuidi46,749-25%62,55324
47BYD S645,549841%4,843173
48Honda Civic45,199-7%48,41345
49Hyundai Elantra44,869-29%63,45722
50Audi Q541,84787%22,40998
51ChangAn Benben Mini41,740-21%52,61137
52Hyundai ix3541,331-17%49,97941
53Buick LaCrosse41,141-29%57,74532
55Toyota Highlander38,4390%38,47857
56Buick Regal37,9650%37,82558
57JAC Heyue/Heyue RS37,713-8%40,80853
58Baojun 63037,081new0 –
59Suzuki Beidouxing35,75526%28,44383
60Toyota Reiz35,49441%25,11394
61Dongfeng Future34,571183%12,198128
62Haima Family34,350-17%41,17051
63BYD L334,094185%11,968130
64Soueast V3 Lingyue33,90415%29,36380
65Dongfeng Joyear33,244-8%35,99166
66Roewe 35033,123-5%34,80169
67Gleagle King Kong32,5984%31,48176
68Kia Sportage R32,1782%31,60275
69Ford Mondeo31,7124%30,44679
70Peugeot 30831,677new0 –
71Buick GL831,126-16%37,18259
72Gleagle Freedom Ship30,153-26%40,57554
73Ford Fiesta30,022-3%31,06078
74Citroen C-Elysée30,018-8%32,73672
75Chery Fulwin 229,888-26%40,34655
76ChangAn CX2029,14345%20,137103
77Mazda3 Xingcheng28,936new0 –
78Shanghai Englon SC728,4997%26,52190
79Suzuki Alto28,418-11%31,95574
80Chery E528,366new0 –
81Zotye 500828,248-23%36,81661
82FAW Besturn B5028,181-46%52,56238
83Suzuki SX427,738-24%36,60362
84Dongfeng Fengshan H30/S3026,98176%15,302118
85JAC Refine26,859-19%33,00971
86Chevrolet Aveo26,742908%2,654190
87Peugeot 40825,781-12%29,23082
88Hyundai Tucson24,843-15%29,30781
89Kia K524,146102%11,925131
90Suzuki Swift23,2746%21,986100
91Skoda Fabia23,008-10%25,43192
92Great Wall Haval H622,140new0 –
93Lifan 62021,827-22%27,97484
94Suzuki Lingyang21,729-21%27,48986
95Chevrolet Spark21,626-41%36,83660
96Kia Sportage21,411-8%23,28996
97Skoda Superb20,198-25%26,83689
98BYD F020,013-65%56,73734
99Brilliance V519,700new0 –
100BYD G619,508new0 –
101FAW Xenia S80/M8019,4695%18,629107
102VW Polo Jinqu/Jinqing19,437312%4,714175
103Roewe 55019,276-15%22,62797
104Honda Fit19,227100%9,618142
105Brilliance Junjie FSV19,18328%14,967120
106ChangAn Yuexiang18,695-48%36,22664
107VW Touran18,59245%12,788125
108Kia Cerato18,514-45%33,78070
109MG 318,389119%8,403152
110Peugeot 30718,371-29%25,97191
111Lifan 520/520i18,238-17%22,06699
112BYD G317,155-47%32,37873
113JAC Tongyue16,506-47%31,23277
114Mercedes E-Klasse L16,424-8%17,906110
115Gleagle Panda/GX216,375-30%23,39595
116Gleagle Vision15,992-42%27,34488
117Linian S115,98890%8,428151
118Dongfeng Shuai15,72031%12,035129
119Nissan X-Trail15,670-2%16,033117
120Peugeot 20715,612-38%25,35893
121Citroen C515,458-13%17,678111
122BMW 3-Series15,4439%14,228121
123Chery Cowin 215,039-45%27,38187
124VW CC14,814-18%18,068109
125Honda Crosstour14,732871%1,517209
126Lianhua L314,662-3%15,159119
127Great Wall Voleex C5014,534new0 –
128Lifan X6014,4746112%233217
129Luxgen 7 SUV14,414new0 –
130Brilliance H53014,288new0 –
131Brilliance Junjie FRV14,081-67%42,84050
132Toyota Crown14,03513%12,444127
133Chery A113,84856%8,902148
135Hawtai Santa Fe13,728-70%45,03748
136Mercedes C-Klasse12,767-2%13,055124
137Venucia D5012,723new0 –
138Chevrolet Malibu12,676new0 –
139Mitsubishi Lancer EX12,53118%10,649137
140Lifan 32012,50260%7,811156
141Honda Odyssey12,4897%11,726133
142Peugeot 50812,079new0 –
143Chery Cowin 3/A511,984-57%27,84285
144Shanghai Englon SC5/Golden Eagle11,51932%8,705150
145Chevrolet Epica11,236-45%20,259102
146FAW Weizhi V210,906201%3,620181
147Toyota Prado10,73920%8,963147
148Haima Freema10,64811%9,611143
149Mazda6 Ruiwing10,265-42%17,604112
150Hyundai Sonata MoInca10,078-40%16,802115
151MG 610,046-23%13,077123
152Jiangnan Alto9,842-42%16,990114
153Changfeng Black King DUV9,7990%9,794140
154Haima 7 Knight9,553-14%11,141135
155Gleagle GC79,502new0 –
156ChangAn Eado9,308new0 –
157Honda Spirior9,220-2%9,393144
158Chery A39,175-53%19,504105
159Lianhua L59,172new0 –
160Riich G38,984new0 –
161Emgrand EC88,93411%8,024154
162Chery Cowin 18,933-53%19,083106
163Jinbei Granse/S508,918-3%9,166145
164Nissan NV2008,90310%8,107153
165Great Wall Voleex C20R8,896new0 –
166Toyota E’Z Yizhi8,505new0 –
167BMW X17,999new0 –
168FAW Besturn B707,816-55%17,481113
169Riich X17,79210%7,104159
170Huanghai Aurora7,330-19%9,031146
171Great Wall Haval M27,247-33%10,876136
172FAW Weizhi V57,212-56%16,575116
173ChangAn CX307,19310%6,510163
174Great Wall Haval M47,151new0 –
175Citroen C26,91943%4,831174
176Toyota Yaris6,879-6%7,305158
177GAC Trumpchi6,8345%6,513162
178Toyota Vios6,7608%6,233165
179Ciimo Si Ming6,730new0 –
180JMC Yusheng/Baowei6,72029%5,228172
181Gleagle GX76,603new0 –
182Haima 2 Cupid6,590-35%10,106138
183Landwind X8/X6/X96,433-19%7,961155
184Kia Rio6,167-69%19,864104
185Great Wall Florid6,119-70%20,446101
186Zotye Z2006,089277%1,617205
187Mercedes GLK6,050new0 –
188Kia Soul6,0349%5,533170
189FAW Oley4,397new0 –
190JAC Yueyue4,387111%2,082199
191JAC Rein4,365-40%7,326157
192Brilliance Splendor/Junjie (BS4)4,254-52%8,885149
193MG 54,185new0 –
194Suzuki Liana4,175-64%11,755132
195Nissan March3,536-64%9,825139
196GAC Trumpchi GS53,344new0 –
197Beijing E-Series3,088new0 –
198Hafei Lobo3,02364%1,839200
199Nissan Paladin2,866-24%3,752180
200BAW Jeep2,852-13%3,297186
201Cadillac SLS2,832-25%3,757179
202Haima Prince2,751-55%6,049166
203Hyundai Accent2,745-80%13,688122
204Volvo S80L2,623-43%4,586178
205Zotye Multiplan2,600-54%5,655169
206Toyota Land Cruiser 2002,581-14%2,999187
207Changhe Ideal2,51566%1,519208
208Zhongxing Landmark2,254-77%9,776141
209Roewe W52,251new0 –
210Foton MP-X2,2453%2,175197
211Mitsubishi Pajero2,104-63%5,714168
212Haima M112,007new0 –
213Kia Optima1,988new0 –
215Roewe 9501,942new0 –
216Karry Youya1,904-59%4,667177
217Suzuki Splash1,884new0 –
218Great Wall Voleex V801,859-46%3,447183
219Dongfeng Fengshan A601,713new0 –
220Shanghai Englon SC31,687new0 –
221Volvo S401,652-35%2,545194
222Toyota Prius1,628new0 –
224Zotye Z3001,539new0 –
225Hyundai i301,502-77%6,437164
226BJC Warrior1,443977%134222
227Gonow Saboo G3/Aoosed G51,335new0 –
228Brilliance Zunchi (BS6)1,323-21%1,684203
229Citroen C-Triomphe1,3091825%68223
230Hafei Saima1,302-29%1,832201
231Hawtai B351,296new0 –
232Mercedes Viano1,168-66%3,417184
233Foton MP-X Midi1,150-59%2,786189
234Mercedes Vito1,117new0 –
235Mitsubishi Lancer1,116-57%2,607193
236Rely V51,104-68%3,490182
237Changfeng CS7 Feiteng1,063-60%2,637191
238Ford S-Max1,052-52%2,214196
239Dongfeng Oting1,001-36%1,558206
240Roewe 750928-63%2,478195
241JAC Binyue875new0 –
242Chery Cowin 5865new0 –
243Gonow Aoosed GX5835new0 –
244Chery Eastar816new0 –
245Honda Elysion740new0 –
246Riich G5727new0 –
247Great Wall Phenom695new0 –
248Mitsubishi Zinger647new0 –
249FAW Vela644-58%1,545207
250BYD e6607n/an/an/a
251BYD F3DM601n/an/an/a
252BYD M6593-67%1,814202
253Dongfeng Yumsun536102%265216
254Shanghai Englon TX4506-13%582212
255Riich M1480-90%4,672176
256Changfeng CS647135%350214
257Rely X5421194%143219
258BYD F6418-96%11,520134
259Gonow Jetstar361-36%566213
260Tianqi Meiya Haishi320n/an/an/a
261Mitsubishi Galant310n/an/an/a
262Buick Park Avenue280n/an/an/a
263Landwind Fashion27592%143220
264Hafei Saibao237n/an/an/a
265Riich G6225n/an/an/a
266Nissan Murano224n/an/an/a
267MG 7210n/an/an/a
268Haima 3181-89%1,637204
269BAW (Beijing) Luba173n/an/an/a
270FAW Vizi17120%143221
271Hawtai Terracan141-93%2,112198
272Karry Youyi119n/an/an/a
273Gonow GS5092n/an/an/a
274Hawtai B1189-97%2,637192
275Tianqi Meiya SUV41n/an/an/a
276Chrysler Grand Voyager31n/an/an/a
277Great Wall Coolbear17n/an/an/a


Note: This ranking does not include imports

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