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In line with the Passenger Car market (up 46% year-on-year), Light Commercial Vehicle sales are up a whopping 30% year-on-year in January in China to 472,254 registrations. Massive surprise atop the models ranking: for the first time since November 2010, the Wuling Sunshine is not the best-seller! The culprit is the Wuling Hongguang, building on constant progress all through 2012 to land in pole position this month thanks to sales up 159% year-on-year to 47,765, kicking the Sunshine down to #2 at 45,733 units while the ChangAn Mini Bus follows just under at 44,389 sales.
The other very big surprise this month is that the best-selling vehicle in China is not a commercial vehicle for the first time since I started tracking Chinese LCV sales back in September 2010: the VW Lavida’s record month places it atop the overall ranking for the very first time with 48,267 sales, up a huge 207% year-on-year. The next best-selling passenger car, the Ford Focus, is #6.
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Full January 2013 Top 5 LCV and Top 10 overall Ranking Tables below.