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China 4 months 2013: Great Wall Haval H6 now best-selling local

Great Wall Haval H6 China April 2013Great Wall Haval H6

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After going through April sales in detail for China, as is the tradition on BSCB we are now exploring the year-to-date ranking to try and extract longer-term trends. The two best-sellers continue to evolve at sky-high levels albeit lower than last month: the VW Lavida is up 99% year-on-year to 155,423 sales (a new record for any passenger car in China after 4 months) while the Ford Focus does even better at +114% and 126,863 units, one year ago it wasn’t even in the Top 10 (#12). The Chevrolet Sail is up a less impressive 23% and remains third while the Buick Excelle drops from #1 at the same time last year to #4 with sales up just 1%.

In 5th place the VW Sagitar is up a whopping 40 spots and 166% year-on-year, this is the biggest gain among the Top 35 models. The Nissan Sylphy also impresses at +87% and 23 ranks in 8th position while the Hyundai Elantra Langdong is still by far the best-performing of the 48 all-new models launched within the last 12 months at #12 and 69,431 sales, with the Kia K3 at #30 and the BYD F3 Surui at #31 the only other newcomers in the Top 50.

VW Santana China April 2013. Picture courtesy of Santana sales are up 66% year-on-year so far in 2013

The local models ranking is completely reshuffled compared to last year when the FAW Xiali N3/N5 led at #9 (it is now #33). For the first time the Great Wall Haval H6 becomes the most popular national model at #19 with 58,980 sales, passing the Emgrand EC7 at #20 and 58,241 units (+51%). The Great Wall Voleex C30 follows at #21 with 53,909 sales ahead of the Chery QQ at #22 and 52,610 units, up 19% year-on-year.

ChangAn Yuexiang V3 China April 2013ChangAn Yuexiang V3

Other great performers within the Top 100 include the VW Polo up 71% to #18, the Hyundai ix35 up 81% to #26, VW Santana up 66% to #27,  DongFeng Future up 72% to #36, Great Wall Haval M4 up 7056% to #39 (it launched in April 2012), Chevrolet Malibu up 244% to #50, Great Wall Voleex C50 up 188% to #74 and the ChangAn Yuexiang V5 up 99% to #90.

Brilliance H330 China April 2013Brilliance H330

Among other all-new models, notice the ChangAn Yuexiang V3 landing at #66 with 25,296 sales, the Hyundai Santa Fe at #70, Brilliance H230 at #76, ChangAn CS35 at #80, Ford Kuga at #85, Peugeot 3008 at #102, Brilliance H330 at #124, Fiat Viaggio at #125 and the Ford Ecosport at #160.

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Full 4 months 2013 Top 308 All-models Ranking Table below.

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