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China September 2013: Discover the Top 313 All-models ranking!

Wuling Hongguang China September 2013The Wuling Hongguang is the #1 Passenger Car in China in September. Yep, you read that right.

* NOW UPDATED with the Top 65 All-brands & Top 313 All-models! Click on title to see *

Finally – I know a lot of you have been waiting for it – I can share with you the best-selling models in China for September. No respite for Chinese new car sales this year: they surge by 21% year-on-year to 1.59 million units, their highest monthly volume since January, bouncing back from the consumer backlash sparked by a territorial dispute last year and bringing the year-to-date total to 12.8 million units, up 14% on 2012. The growth is fueled by SUVs up 65% to 283,600 units. Total sales of vehicles including buses and trucks are up 20% year-on-year to 1.94 million units, adding up to a record 15.9 million units in 9 months. Brand-wise, Ford is up 61%, Audi up 28% and both Mercedes and BMW are up 21%.

Wuling Hongguang China October 2012bWuling Hongguang

This month I have made the (controversial?) decision to include the Wuling Hongguang in the Passenger Cars ranking. It is indeed categorised as an MPV by the CAAM since the start of 2013 (and not LCV) and my visit to Beijing, China confirmed it is not a commercial vehicle. This ruffles a few feathers in the ranking as it puts the Hongguang in pole position with 51,211 sales, up a whopping 81% year-on-year. It’s the third time in the last 8 months that the Hongguang sells more than 50,000 monthly units in China after reaching 64,096 last February and 50,032 last March. This new classification makes the Hongguang the only passenger car to have ever clocked 50,000 and 60,000 monthly sales.

VW Gran Lavida China September 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.itc.cnA huge 12,315 VW Gran Lavida found a buyer in China this month.

The VW Lavida is #2 with 42,267 sales, up a magnificent 72% year-on-year and the nameplate’s second best-ever monthly result below the 48,267 units it hit last January. The September total includes 12,315 Gran Lavida, an enormous success which would earn the variant a ranking just outside the Top 30 on its own, in a country not used to station wagons. This will surely incite more carmakers to start locally manufacturing models in this segment in the near future.

VW Jetta China September 2013. Picture courtesy of biauto.comVW Jetta

Year-to-date, the Lavida holds onto the pole position in spite of the arrival of the Wuling Hongguang at 334,161 sals vs, 291,393. This means that after just 9 months, the Lavida has already beaten the all-time annual Passenger Car sales record, with the two previous bests being the Ford Focus at 296,360 over the Full Year 2012 and the BYD F3 at 291,010 in 2009. At 26,943 units the VW Jetta delivers its best monthly volume in almost 2 years, since January 2011 exactly when it reached 28,140 sales. The Chevrolet Cruze is at a best-ever 24,744 sales, beating the 24,477 hit last January, this could be the materialization of the hatchback variant hitting Chinese shores.

Nissan Sylphy China September 2013. Picture courtesy of bitauto.comNissan Sylphy

The Nissan Sylphy, up 133% on September 2012 to 22,972 sales – only its second time ever above 20,000 monthly units after last January – is the first of a series of Japanese models lodging impressive year-on-year gains because at the same time last year the Senkaku/Diaoyu islands conflict started impacting Nippon sales. Notice also the Nissan Teana up 114% (also due to the new model), Toyota RAV4 up 98%, Nissan Qashqai and Tiida up 89%, Honda Accord up 86%, Honda CR-V up 82, Toyota Corolla EX up 69% and the Toyota Corolla up 55%.

VW Jetta China September 2013. Picture courtesy of auto.ifeng.comThe VW Santana nameplate lodges its first 20,000+ sales month. 

The Chevrolet Sail (-17%) is the only model in the Top 12 to not post year-on-year gains, while the Hyundai Elantra Langdong is up a shiny 50% to a record 22,789 units at #8 and the VW Santana up a huge 225% thanks to the new model to 20,480 units, the nameplate’s first ever month above the 20,000 sales benchmark in its 30 year-career! Add the Sagitar at #9, the Passat at #13, Bora at #14, Tiguan at #17 and Magotan at #18 and we have 8 Volkswagen in the Top 18! The German manufacturer is clearly doing it right in China.

Great Wall Haval H6 China September 2013The 2013 Great Wall Haval H6 is branded Haval, not Great Wall! 

The Great Wall Haval H6 loses its title of best-selling Chinese PC with the arrival of the Wuling Hongguang but still manages a third consecutive record sales result at 21,141 units, up 40% year-on-year and the combination of the 2012 model runout and the arrival of the 2013 model, now branded Haval instead of Great Wall! I will share more exclusive pictures with you on one of my Trans-Siberian Beijing updates.

Ford Mondeo China September 2013. Picture courtesy of Bitauto.comThe Ford Mondeo has already done better than the previous generation!

There are a few other big events further down the Chinese ranking this month: still fresh from the factory, the Ford Mondeo new generation is up 68 spots on August to land just outside the Top 50 for only its 2nd month in market at #51 with just under 10,000 sales at 9,676, while the previous generation culminated at 8,095 sales and #54 in December 2011!

Fiat Viaggio China September 2013Fiat sold 10 times more Viaggio in September than in August!

The most surprising development is the explosive growth of the Fiat Viaggio, going from #191 and 1,001 sales in August to a record #52 and 9,497 units this month. Launched last November, the first Fiat to be produced in China since the Palio/Siena couple started its career with 4 months at 4,000 sales before stabilising around 3,000 monthly units and suddenly dropping last month. Had the factory hit a bottleneck and October will return to normal or is this the new performing Viaggio we should get used to? Given the the Viaggio is very competitively price and its design is well appreciated by Chinese consumers but the brand is suffering from a lack of dealerships (only 5 in the whole country!), I would bet on the first option.

There are no less than 7 newcomers in the Chinese PC ranking this month, but this is the subject of a dedicated post

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Full September 2013 Top 313 All-models and Top 65 All-brands Ranking Tables below.

China September 2013 – brands:


15Great Wall30,019
37Beijing Auto8,925
65Tianqi Meya168

China September 2013 – models:

1Wuling Hongguang51,21181%np291,3932
2VW Lavida42,26772%1334,1611
3Ford Focus37,27111%2286,8473
4VW Jetta26,94339%5187,3187
5Buick Excelle26,87516%6219,6474
6Chevrolet Cruze24,74435%9171,36311
7Nissan Sylphy22,972133%13171,46310
8Hyundai Elantra Langdong22,78950%15159,17112
9VW Sagitar22,7158%3208,6785
10Chevrolet Sail21,178-17%10204,6636
11Great Wall Haval H621,14140%8149,89515
12VW Santana20,480225%12124,44822
13VW Passat20,133-12%4179,7738
14VW Bora19,97711%7177,7819
15Buick Excelle XT/GT19,64528%11158,92313
16Honda CR-V18,98982%18142,86518
17VW Tiguan17,30124%14151,27214
18VW Magotan16,9689%19143,48817
19Nissan Tiida15,55589%4890,48636
20Hyundai Verna15,383-19%17145,28816
21Toyota Camry15,31538%20127,42221
22Emgrand EC715,071-5%24130,55820
23Hyundai ix3514,27124%21113,77426
24Toyota Corolla14,19955%16115,70924
25VW Polo13,777-6%25123,26323
26Honda Crider13,754new2739,71892
27Audi A6L12,90322%23114,20225
28Nissan Qashqai12,66889%3583,31238
29Hyundai Elantra Yuedong12,381-39%22133,42719
30Toyota Corolla EX12,37269%28111,23527
31Great Wall Haval M411,53357%3192,65532
32Skoda Octavia11,4871%4092,46133
33Kia K211,230-28%29105,27028
34Kia K310,996new32100,28129
35BYD F3 Surui10,825new3791,02034
36Nissan Teana10,782114%3970,43851
37Toyota RAV410,58098%9669,50352
38Honda Accord10,44886%9773,03046
39Roewe 35010,44650%4673,90644
40Ford Kuga10,365new4265,96356
41Audi A4L10,34527%3090,92435
42BYD S610,23331%5262,27863
43Hyundai Sonata10,11034%4379,83341
44Dongfeng Future10,02343%4482,74040
45Nissan Livina9,967156%6445,29979
46Buick LaCrosse9,79712%3667,21054
47Nissan Sunny9,79564%6383,07239
48Great Wall Voleex C309,745-13%4198,35830
49ChangAn Honor9,718n/a3360,68965
50Audi Q59,68512%3475,99743
51Ford Mondeo9,676new11912,831182
52Fiat Viaggio9,497new19131,789110
53ChangAn Eado8,97354%5962,66361
54Chevrolet Malibu8,8146%4573,83545
55BYD F38,678-10%7964,35658
56Venucia R50/D508,656509%3867,91953
57BMW 5-Series L8,470-11%2696,07231
58Citroen C-Quatre8,454-30%5678,43142
59FAW Xiali N3/N5/N78,349-20%6671,40450
60Toyota Highlander8,32036%5866,58455
61ChangAn CS358,316new7252,12170
62BYD L38,10947%6171,93848
64Ford Ecosport7,664new7638,02397
65Kia Sportage R7,5461%5363,17159
66ChangAn Yuexiang V37,48988%8456,41466
67Peugeot 3087,4342%6862,06964
68Hyundai Santa Fe7,422new5554,05668
69Honda City7,19499%7472,14547
70Buick GL86,95323%5453,95169
71Chery QQ6,951-50%4789,83637
72Toyota Reiz6,67295%11442,59786
73Baojun 6306,5156%7846,26177
74Lifan X606,50886%10342,76285
75FAW Besturn X806,459new6724,535142
76Citroen C4L6,392new8035,278102
77Great Wall Voleex C506,23945%8545,85378
78VW Golf6,186-47%4971,87449
79Honda Jade6,157new  –6,157221
80Dongfeng Joyear6,00815%8146,87775
81Beijing E-Series6,006131%10430,771114
82Honda Civic5,97418%6944,11883
83Ford Fiesta5,95473%8331,690112
84Lianhua L35,835118%7327,218130
85Haima M35,800new9123,734144
86BMW 3-Series L5,785466%10546,47276
87Suzuki Beidouxing5,6803%10649,63972
88Mercedes E-Klasse L5,62636%11524,875140
89Buick Encore5,559new7141,17390
90Brilliance H3305,315new999,168195
91Chery Tiggo5,148-39%5062,51362
92GAC Trumpchi GS55,14899%8944,65181
93BYD F05,04482%11740,90191
94Audi Q35,038new6228,246125
95Peugeot 4084,89412%8643,17184
96Suzuki Alto4,8686%13644,19782
97Shanghai Englon SC74,84963%10935,195103
98Hyundai Tucson4,829-20%8837,73698
99Mitsubishi ASX4,823new13022,823149
100Kia K54,817-2%8741,47389
101Zotye Z3004,737-2%9439,53393
102Dongfeng Fengguang4,697new10212,270187
103Great Wall Haval H54,687-24%7748,50374
104Peugeot 30084,671new10836,59099
105Gleagle GX74,6548%11333,586106
106Gleagle GC74,607240%16019,422158
107ChangAn Yuexiang V54,5870%9538,18196
108ChangAn Benben Mini4,425-2%16739,46994
109JAC Refine4,354-10%9338,41895
110Mercedes C-Klasse4,34134%12827,122131
111FAW Besturn B504,24427%6542,58887
112Kia Sportage4,20612%10732,553109
113Haima 7 Knight4,05180%9230,166117
114Chery Fulwin 24,045-47%5755,72867
115Brilliance H2304,012-11%7045,25380
116Skoda Rapid4,008new9019,206159
117Chery Arrizo 74,000new –4,000239
118VW Santana Vista3,996-41%13350,40171
119Honda Fit3,99588%11831,709111
120Honda Crosstour3,90139%11133,910105
121MG 33,899-11%11233,274107
122Citroen C-Elysée3,857-16%7549,05773
123Soueast V3 Lingyue3,765-12%10036,148100
124Chevrolet Captiva3,712new14327,605128
125Citroen C53,66113%12027,555129
126Dongfeng Fengshan H30/S303,655-43%14035,559101
127VW Touran3,6464%11631,177113
128Brilliance V53,603108%12234,223104
129Baojun Yuechi (Spark)3,513-9%12922,928148
130Mercedes GLK3,461104%11028,344123
131Mazda CX-53,449new1017,103213
132Lianhua L53,42340%12719,097160
133VW CC3,348-14%12332,636108
134Suzuki SX43,16546%15625,054139
135Chery E33,156new –3,156252
136Peugeot 2073,105-18%15525,515137
137ChangAn CX203,08825%15122,255150
138Zotye T200 (5008)3,083-1%13123,097147
139FAW Daihatsu Xenia S80/M802,969-10%12528,659120
140Changfeng Kingbox DUV2,936101%17417,335163
141Dongfeng Shuai2,91073%13824,244143
142Kia Forte Furuidi2,747-57%14725,725136
143Toyota Crown2,74510%18115,418171
144Mazda3 Xingcheng2,7093%16924,612141
145Shanghai Englon King Kong2,700-21%12428,424122
146Jiangnan Alto2,655-28%16415,142173
147BMW X12,63732%17016,765166
148Gleagle Freedom Ship2,522-45%14126,720133
149Skoda Superb2,502-44%12629,781119
150Kia Cerato2,464-29%16119,796156
151Gleagle Vision2,427-21%13528,259124
152Chery E52,413-47%8242,48488
153Hyundai Elantra2,393-9%12126,382134
154Dongfeng Fengshan A602,389299%17619,610157
155Suzuki Swift2,38241%17821,822151
156Lifan 3202,318-8%13920,345154
157JAC Heyue RS2,235n/a13425,337138
158Shanghai Englon SC62,235-11%17116,194168
159Soueast V5 Lingzhi2,221-15%17523,404146
160Chevrolet Aveo2,196-62%14830,516115
161Buick Regal2,172-76%5163,05160
162Roewe 5502,160-35%16516,918165
163Peugeot 5082,145-20%13720,274155
164Landwind X5/X6/X8/X92,085130%16215,908170
165Jinbei Granse2,06954%17312,276186
166Luxgen 5 Sedan2,069new1793,946241
167JAC Refine S52,039new13223,687145
168JAC Heyue2,027-63%15930,381116
169Skoda Fabia2,019-55%16327,665127
170MG 61,885-9%18712,904180
171Honda Odyssey1,863111%14218,433162
172Toyota Prado1,86046%14912,984179
173Cadillac XTS1,849new14412,391185
174Luxgen 7 SUV1,714-39%14615,355172
175Suzuki Lingyang1,708-22%20818,825161
176FAW Weizhi V51,683-56%15821,187153
177Toyota E’Z Yizhi1,674-7%17213,264178
178Chery A11,663200%1988,796196
179GAC Trumpchi GA31,649new1803,279250
180Gleagle Panda/GX21,607-6%15427,937126
181Lifan 6201,583-68%9826,751132
182JMC Yusheng1,540633%2058,189202
183Nissan NV2001,53642%15312,814183
184Nissan X-Trail1,53328%1869,804194
185Mazda6 Ruiwing1,4909%18312,794184
186Haima 2 Cupid1,429-26%18915,992169
187Chery A31,418-38%2017,493207
188Hyundai Sonata MoInca1,394-22%18810,557191
189Haima Family1,377-66%15226,172135
190Hawtai Santa Fe1,367-36%21314,215174
191Lifan 5301,332new –1,550267
192Chery X11,285-20%2295,359226
193BYD G61,258-54%14521,578152
194Chevrolet Epica1,244595%19913,847175
195Beijing Weiwang M201,225new2251,744265
196Ford Mondeo Classic1,180-81%19729,980118
197Peugeot 3071,135-68%16813,699176
198Mitsubishi Lancer EX1,12721%1938,768197
199BYD Sirui1,096new1577,333209
200Shanghai Englon SX71,062new1846,646216
201Beijing Senova D1,051new1944,569231
202Honda Elysion1,011-10%1957,000214
203Brilliance H5301,00437%19211,645189
204Zhongxing Landmark1,000172%2165,008227
205Great Wall Haval M29840%2027,493208
206Citroen C2964-15%2098,331200
207Roewe W592221%2048,191201
208Kia Soul90110%2147,332210
209Haima Freema887-37%2269,885193
210JAC Tongyue872-80%19016,932164
211Lifan 720862new2224,156237
212Great Wall Voleex C20R847-1%2177,768204
213Huanghai Aurora846-2%2128,559199
214FAW Oley846706%2503,494247
215Ciimo Si Ming837-16%19610,014192
216BYD G3834-76%2624,507232
217Soueast V6 Lingshi832new2066,382218
218MG 5827-13%2196,173220
219Jonway A380795new2115,573225
221BYD M6762678%2074,359234
222Lifan 330749new –749285
223Nissan March71318%2491,555266
224JAC Yueyue680-51%22312,106188
225Lifan 630654new –654290
226Great Wall Voleex V8064824%2185,994222
227Gonow Saboo G3/Aoosed G5645177%2512,018260
228Foton MP-X634111%2104,570230
229ChangAn Raeton631new2554,184236
230Hawtai (Baolige) B35613-24%2218,097203
232ChangAn Ouliwei610new18213,648177
233Karry Youya599573%1854,907228
234Yema F1258760%2334,200235
235Chery Cowin 2582-76%16616,278167
236Suzuki Liana541123%2326,215219
237Shanghai Englon SC3535-64%2348,750198
238Toyota Land Cruiser 20052020%2153,742245
239Brilliance FSV498-91%15028,449121
240Mercedes Vito48534%2283,708246
241Chery Cowin 3480-63% –1,322269
242Zotye Z100478new –478302
243Zotye Z20046210%2393,873244
244GAC Trumpchi GA5457new2204,792229
245Mercedes Viano43561%2372,786253
246Nissan Paladin43318%2363,408248
247FAW Besturn B70424-67%2426,830215
248BAW (Beijing) Jeep40599%2244,047238
249Emgrand EC8393-25%2357,307211
250Mitsubishi Pajero37935%2302,705254
251Shanghai Englon SC5/Golden Eagle367-87%2446,616217
252Honda Spirior365238%2314,472233
253Gonow Aoosed GX5360120%2462,418256
254Brilliance H320346new2455,890223
255Volvo S80L346-8%3042,161259
256Linian S1322-71%20012,848181
257Changhe Ideal317373%2561,802264
258Hafei Lobo315-37% –940277
259Mitsubishi Lancer2958%2583,312249
260Roewe 75028245%2521,414268
261FAW Weizhi V2274-63%2651,978261
262Brilliance Junjie Cross240n/a683289
263Lifan 520/520i233-95%2037,603205
264Roewe 950232-40%2533,221251
265Yema F10219-68%2481,957262
266FAW Besturn B90216new2435,864224
267FAW Hongqi H7211new2411,063275
268Chery Cowin 1197-82%2387,106212
269Brilliance Junjie (BS4)182-43%2782,284257
270Kia Rio181-71%2473,877243
271Tianqi Meiya Haishi168147%283913280
272BJC Warrior16313%2791,253271
273Ford S-Max121-17%261924278
274BYD e611629%2691,004276
275Suzuki Splash10956%270735287
276Dongfeng Oting10781%275559295
278Toyota Yaris104-91%17710,640190
279Chery Eastar104154%264496300
280Dongfeng Yumsun99183%276578294
281Haima Aishang (M11)96-58%2603,934242
282Luxgen 7 MPV92new268744286
283BYD F3DM86-10%267916279
284Brilliance Zunchi (BS6)8516%288548296
285Toyota Prius69-63%2632,273258
286Mitsubishi Zinger68-14%277605292
287BAW (Beijing) 00766new282375306
288Foton MP-X Midi58-42%2541,258270
289Nissan Murano58314%285244312
290Changfeng CS7 Feiteng56-29%289132316
291Hyundai Accent386%295398305
292Landwind Fashion353400%274241313
293Riich G530-72%281509299
294Changfeng CS630-67%272415303
295JAC Rein29-96%2842,638255
296Rely V525-68%2571,156272
297Luxgen Master CEO25new293524297
298MG 725213%29784321
299Rely X524-71%286412304
300Great Wall Voleex C1023-92%266898282
301Riich G61820%290263311
302Roewe E5018new28094320
303Hawtai Lusheng E7017new259906281
304Hawtai Terracan16-16%301366307
305Zotye Multiplan13-94%294729288
306Mitsubishi Galant12-25%292148315
307BAW (Beijing) Knight9new28781322
308Toyota Vios5-99%2731,913263
309Brilliance Junjie Wagon4n/a8332
310Riich G32-100%305779284
311Buick Park Avenue2-98% –159314
312Riich M11-99%300125317
313Hawtai B1110% –41325


Note: This ranking excludes imports

This Post Has 21 Comments
  1. I just checked GWM website for sure, so yes those numbers are including exports, i was hoping Matt found way for real chinese sales without exports.

    Chinese auto sales are so different to western – i mean we have wholesale sales instead of retail sales or registrations – that is few % more – in case of China few hundred thousands in year.

    Also they are always releasing – chinese sales from chinese factories – including exports that missleading, also passencer car sales include a lot of minivans and microvans – where non-chinese car brands are nonfactor, pickups are in category microtrucks – which are commercial vehicles so totally messed up comparing objectivily sales vs US or EU sales statistics.

  2. Hi Matt

    Can you tell im if those numbers for vehicle sold are: 1 wholesales?
    2 China domestic sales only?

    I mean CAAMC is each month releasing sales and production numbers but exports are included

    BTW that Fiat jump was by far biggest surprise for me, even with huge incentives i can´t explain such drastic jump in sales, only logical explanation would be that some chinese ministry or state bought few thousands units for police, administration or whatever use.

  3. FIAT Viaggio + Dodge Dart sold nearly 20000 cars in Sept in China\US. That’s a superb performance by the FIAT Group, especially considering its new segment for both the brands in their respective markets.

  4. @Otto

    davvero!!! io guardavo tutti i modelli oltre la 100sima posizione alla ricerca della Viaggio senza risultato… pensavo che non avessero reso disponibili i numeri di vendita (come 500 e Freemont, non ne vedo di numeri per questi due modelli)

    poi ricontrollo e la trovo in zona 50sima con quasi 10.000 unità vendute. Mi auguro per FIAT che le vendite continuino su questi ritmi

  5. I’m stunned by the amount of Viaggio’s Fiat have sold. More than established brands like Peugeot (408) and Citroen (C-Quatre) sell of their C-segment sedans and not much less than, for instance, Skoda’s Octavia. I’m impressed. Do you have any idea what happened here, Matt?

  6. @Philippe

    I personally believe that the DS line will be a big failure, because premium brands are all about image and brand value, and DS has any value in the market because nobody knows the DS brand. I hope i’m wrong because i love PSA, we will see.

  7. ed :
    Ben, imports are excluded. does anyone know what is happening with the new Renault dongfeng venture to build as new factory in China?

    “Dongfeng acquired a 55 per cent stake in the Sanjiang-Renault project in June and the new joint venture will be based in the central city of Wuhan, said the source.

    The Wuhan project is expected to start production of mainly sports utility vehicles and multi-purpose vehicles next year, and will have a first-phase capacity of 150,000 units a year, according to the paper.”

  8. Ben :
    Why aren’t Renault sales included? Last year they sold around 20000 vehicles, so I think they should be on this list.

    Note: This ranking excludes imports. 😉

  9. Ben, imports are excluded. does anyone know what is happening with the new Renault dongfeng venture to build as new factory in China?

    1. Hi CC,
      If you have checked BSCB over the last couple of weeks you will know I was in the Gobi desert for a week and then busy getting my face stitched up in hospital in Beijing. I can’t do everything at once I’m afraid!

  10. And Lexus? Not even one? Even if chinese hates japanese products i can’t believe that the 4th best selling premium brand (after the 3 germans) in China did not sell no one car. Please Matt, tell me somethin about, I’m a Lexus fan.

    1. Hi Max (and all),
      Please see the note at the bottom of the table: this ranking excludes imports. Lexus does not manufacture in China and therefore is not included here.

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