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Disrupted by the Lunar New Year celebrations which encroached on February much more than in 2012, new car sales in China are down 14% year-on-year in February to 1,354,600 registrations, however thanks to a whopping month of January, the year-to-date total is still up a very healthy 15% on 2012 at 3,389,100 units. The VW Lavida holds onto the top spot with an excellent 34,889 sales, up 59% year-on-year. It is followed by the Ford Focus at 24,735 units (+93%) and the Chevrolet Sail with 22,401 sales (+26%). And the latter are the only two non-Volkswagen models in the Top 8!
The German manufacturer tightens its grip on the Chinese Passenger Car market this month indeed, placing no less than 6 models in The Top 8… The Passat is up one spot to #4 at 18,060 units, ahead of the Sagitar up 123% year-on-year to 17,678 sales, the Jetta down 7% to 16,999, the Tiguan up 9% to a fantastic 7th place at 16,890 units and the Polo up 12 spots on January to #8 with 15,368 sales, up 60% year-0n-year and the nameplate’s highest ranking in China in almost two years (since April 2011).
Further down, the Buick Excelle XT/GT is up one further rank to #11, its second best position in China below the #6 it reached in January 2012, the Emgrand EC7 is the most popular Chinese model once again at #16 with 11,557 sales (+25%) followed by the Chery QQ at #19 and Great Wall Haval H6 at #20. The BYD F3 Surui (new generation) climbs up 10 ranks to hit a best-ever #21 spot at 10,090 units while the Kia K2 is also at its best-ever ranking in the country at #22 (+6).
Starting to feel the effects of either the new generation slipping into dealerships or the old one in runout mode, or both, the VW Santana is up 70% year-on-year and 15 spots on January to #24. The DongFeng Future holds at a record #35, the Chevrolet Malibu is up 25 to #41, the ChangAn Eado breaks into the Top 50 for the first time at #48, the Great Wall Haval M4 stays inside that same Top 50 for the 2nd month running at #49 and the Buick Encore is up 4 spots to #61.
Among recent launches, the Peugeot 3008 is down 13 ranks on January to #112, the Citroen C4L down 12 to #122, Fiat Viaggio down 18 to #135, Mitsubishi ASX up 16 to #148, Lifan 720 up 15 to #195, GAC Trumpchi GA5 up 10 to #196 and ChangAn Raeton up 66 to #211. Finally, we welcome 4 new models in the ranking this month: the Ford Kuga at #168, Skoda Rapid at #205, Cadillac XTS at #242 and ChangAn Ouliwei at #271.
Previous month: China January 2013: VW Lavida smashes all-time monthly record
Full February 2013 Top 292 All-models and Top 64 All-brands Ranking Tables below.