* See the Top 10 best-selling LCVs by clicking on the title! *
Thanks to data graciously shared by Chinese market experts LMC Automotive, we now have access for the first time on BSCB to a Top 10 Light Commercial Vehicle ranking for the Full Year 2013 in China. At 5,084,000 sales in 2013, the Chinese LCV market is almost equivalent to total sales in Japan so this is a big chunk of data unlocked for you, especially since monthly Top 5 LCV data dried up last June. A very welcome breath of fresh air indeed, coinciding with my trip to hinterland China where minivans and LCVs in general are particularly successful. Great timing!
LMC Auto kept the Wuling Hongguang in the LCV ranking even though it has been classified as an MPV by my monthly source ChooseAuto. Turns out part of Hongguang sales were still hiding in the LCV classification with a total of 530,050 over the Full Year (including 448,484 PC), up 68% on 2012 when it only ranked 4th. The Wuling Sunshine loses the title of best-selling vehicle in China with sales down 13% to a still amazing 455,718 units. The Foton Forland is stable in third place at 346,391 units while the Wuling Rongguang/Xingwang is down 9% and two spots to #4.
The Chana Mini Bus, including the Taurustar pictured in this article, is only the 2nd model in the Top 5 to see its sales gain ground year-on-year at +8% to 306,834 units. Beyond the Top 5 is uncharted territory as this is the first time I have access to that level. Let’s salute the fine performances of the JAC Light Truck (aka Sunray?), Jinbei Light Truck (aka Haise?) and Wuling Mini Truck which is – if I got it right during my LCV discovery mission in Chongqing – a pick-up version of the Sunshine.
Full Year 2013 Top 10 LCV models Ranking Table below.