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China 6 months 2014: Santana makes it 4 Volkswagens in Top 6

VW Santana new and old Kashgar April 2014Two generations of VW Santana in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur – China May 2014.

* See the Top 352 All-local models ranking by clicking on the title! *

As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring in detail June sales in China we now look at the year-to-date ranking to try an extract longer-term trends. As a whole the market is up 11% on the same period in 2013 to 9.634 million units excluding commercial vehicles and imports. Including the latter, we are looking at another record year in 2014 in China with 24-25 million vehicles by the time December comes to an end. In comparison, the US market, in great shape this year, will finish just under 17 million. Very little change in the models Top 10 compared to last month: the Wuling Hongguang still reigns supreme (+49%) ahead of the VW Lavida (+24%) and Ford Focus (+8%) however the Focus overtook the Lavida for the first time in 2014 in June so the 2nd half could see the two models in a tighter race for the 2nd place.

Haval H6 China June 2014. Picture courtesy of Haval H6 is the best-selling SUV in China with over 140,000 sales in 6 months.

The VW Santana up a gargantuan 134% and 26 spots year-on-year to #4 at 161,957 sales, the VW Sagitar (+13%) and Jetta (+35%) make it an unbelievable 4 Volkswagens in the Top 6 vs. just two one year ago. A 29% increase in sales to 145,214 enables the Nissan Sylphy to gain two spots and rank #8, remaining by far the best-selling Japanese model in the country and one of only two inside the Top 20 with the Honda CR-V (#19). Consistently excellent over the past 12 months, the Haval H6 accesses the 9th spot so far in 2014 vs. #19 one year ago with sales up 61% to 143,119, becoming the best-selling SUV in the country ahead of the VW Tiguan also in great shape at #12 (+27%).

Kia K3 China June 2014Kia K3

The Chevrolet Sail (-10 spots to #14) and VW Bora (-7 to #15) are penalised, whereas the Hyundai Verna, boosted by a very strong month of June (#11) becomes the brand’s best-seller in China at #16, overtaking the Elantra Langdong (#17). With the 7th generation now established in dealerships across the country, the VW Golf is up a spectacular 77% and 26 ranks to break into the year-to-date Top 20 for the first time at #20. Compared to last month, both the Kia K3 (#22) and K2 (#25) gain ground while the Honda Crider is not a newcomer anymore (launched in June 2013) but remains the brand’s best-selling sedan at #24 and 81,758 sales above the Accord (#82) and Civic (#101).

ChangAn EadoChangAn Eado in Kashgar, Xinjiang Uyghur – China May 2014

Helped by the arrival of the hatchback variant, the ChangAn Eado is now #28 compared to #62 one year ago with sales up 81% to 74,553, earning it the #3 spot among Chinese vehicles. The Chana Honor follows at #29 (+91%) above the Dongfeng Future at #32 (+23%), Emgrand EC7 at #34 (-26%), Roewe 350 at #44 (+14%) and ChangAn CS35 at #47 (+64%). That makes it 8 Chinese models in the Top 50 vs. 11 one year ago.

Hyundai Mistra China June 2014. Picture courtesy of Hyundai Mistra is the best-selling newcomer in China so far this year.

Despite being now by far the largest market in the world, China remains also the most dynamic and still among the ones with greatest potential to further increase. One proof: no less than 50 all-new locally produced models have made their appearance in the sales charts over the past 12 months! They are now led by the Hyundai Mistra which like the Honda Crider has created a new segment in-between the Elantra and Sonata, ranking at #35 with 63,222 sales and one of only two newcomers inside the Top 50 along with the Ford Mondeo at #48 and 52,320 units.

FAW Besturn X80 China June 2014. Picture courtesy of cheshi.comFAW Besturn X80

Beyond the #65 rank it gets a little crazy with newbies: the Chery Tiggo 5 is already #66 with 40,832 sales, the Toyota Yaris L lands at #69, the Chery E3 at #74, Beijing Auto Weiwang M20 at #75, Peugeot 301 at #79, Honda Jade at #97, Mazda CX-5 at #110, Brilliance H330 at #112 and Suzuki S-Cross at #118. Notice also the Toyota Vios up 4927% to #37 thanks to the new model, the BMW 3 Series up 44% from #81 to #57, the Audi Q3 from #158 to #64, Ford Ecosport up 102% to #71, Nissan X-Trail up 512% to #76 and the FAW Besturn X80 up 333% to 80.

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One year ago: China 6 months 2013: VW Lavida reigns, Nissan Sylphy up 111%

Full 6 months 2014 Top 352 All-models Ranking Table below.

China 6 months 2014 – models:

Note this ranking does not include imports nor commercial vehicles.

1Wuling Hongguang371,64949%249,41111
2VW Lavida263,18424%211,56722
3Ford Focus201,4648%185,69733
4VW Santana161,957134%69,2233020
5VW Sagitar155,39313%137,57066
6VW Jetta152,62135%113,13597
7Buick Excelle147,4040%147,31554
8Nissan Sylphy145,21429%112,309108
9Haval H6143,11961%88,8241912
10VW Passat135,9548%125,987711
11Buick Excelle XT/GT129,30724%103,9961214
12VW Tiguan127,54927%100,3621515
13Chevrolet Cruze126,23616%109,074119
14Chevrolet Sail124,533-16%147,40545
15VW Bora123,2876%116,122810
16Hyundai Verna114,32712%101,9811417
17Hyundai Elantra Langdong114,08511%103,2401313
18VW Magotan110,44917%94,7781819
19Honda CR-V95,0220%94,9941716
20VW Golf91,98877%52,0394648
21Audi A6L85,87513%76,3182325
22Kia K382,27419%69,0173229
23Toyota Camry81,9702%80,2242221
24Honda Crider81,7582531%3,10722458
25Kia K277,1835%73,5552428
26Hyundai Elantra Yuedong76,967-20%96,6131622
27VW Polo74,800-12%85,2642124
28ChangAn Eado74,55381%41,2506260
29Chana Honor73,81691%38,6546759
30BMW 5-Series L71,38112%63,5323435
31Hyundai ix3571,167-1%72,0482723
32Dongfeng Future69,39723%56,6063943
33Ford Kuga66,22577%37,4126853
34Emgrand EC764,543-26%87,0912018
35Hyundai Mistra63,322new0 –191
36Toyota RAV463,27333%47,6805040
37Toyota Vios62,9934927%1,253253160
38Citroen C-Elysée61,04371%35,6017071
39Audi A4L60,7221%60,3293536
40Nissan Teana57,94434%43,3755844
41Venucia R50/D5057,78232%43,6735745
42Chevrolet Malibu57,50220%48,0824951
43Nissan Tiida56,6871%56,2074030
44Roewe 35056,09214%49,1484841
45Audi Q554,77116%47,1845247
46Skoda Octavia54,475-21%69,2672938
47ChangAn CS3553,71264%32,6747868
48Ford Mondeo52,320new0 –134
49BYD S652,07931%39,8806357
50Nissan Qashqai51,869-1%52,3294533
51Great Wall M451,615-12%58,7043631
52Buick Regal51,35411%46,3345363
53Dongfeng Joyear49,00150%32,7017674
54BYD F347,2530%47,2785164
55Kia Sportage R47,21511%42,5476062
56Citroen C-Quatre47,016-18%57,6303749
57BMW 3-Series L46,28644%32,1478186
58Toyota Highlander45,7177%42,7085955
59Toyota Corolla44,348-39%73,2892527
60Buick GL844,26729%34,2597273
61Peugeot 30844,2061%43,7485665
62Toyota Corolla EX43,105-40%72,4272626
63Beijing Auto E-Series42,130122%19,01512485
64Audi Q341,275234%12,354158128
65Skoda Rapid40,924396%8,243183133
66Chery Tiggo 540,832new0 –249
67Buick Encore40,67859%25,6419684
68ChangAn Yuexiang V339,8352%39,1426667
69Toyota Yaris L39,835new0 –280
70BYD F3 Surui39,543-38%64,0123334
71Ford Ecosport39,403102%19,47612387
72GAC Trumpchi GS538,63625%30,9308277
73Chery E338,290new0 –157
74Hyundai Santa Fe37,7179%34,5777169
75Beijing Weiwang M2037,598new0 –200
76Nissan X-Trail37,515512%6,127195194
77Buick LaCrosse37,403-10%41,5706161
78Kia Forte Furuidi36,82695%18,910125123
79Peugeot 30136,691new0 –253
80FAW Besturn X8036,439333%8,410182116
82Honda Accord35,745-31%51,9994739
83Geely King Kong34,63163%21,239115114
84Citroen C4L34,39974%19,80212090
85Great Wall Voleex C3033,788-53%71,3582832
86Peugeot 300833,68137%24,56210099
87FAW Besturn B5033,56618%28,3828982
88Nissan Livina33,21043%23,29810575
89Suzuki Beidouxing33,182-9%36,6586972
90Hyundai Sonata32,906-38%52,8544346
91Haima M332,468218%10,200173112
92Nissan Sunny32,430-44%57,4663842
93Chery Tiggo 331,847-27%43,8585566
94Dongfeng Fengguang31,7391618%1,847246151
95Chery QQ31,333-55%69,0713137
96JAC Refine31,2729%28,6808894
97Honda Jade31,271new0 –161
98Ford Fiesta30,53781%16,844138105
99FAW Xiali N3/N5/N730,446-42%52,8834250
100Suzuki Alto29,755-10%33,2177589
101Honda Civic29,382-13%33,9447480
102Peugeot 40828,893-2%29,3968693
103ChangAn CX2028,88179%16,103143146
104Geely GX728,76324%23,13810697
105Lifan X6028,64710%25,9359591
106Haval H528,593-17%34,2547383
107ChangAn Benben Mini28,353-13%32,69877102
108BYD L328,133-47%52,8294452
109Kia K528,0740%28,2069092
110Mazda CX-527,506new0 –175
111Dongfeng Fengshan H30/S3026,8690%26,86492103
112Brilliance H33026,680new0 –165
113Honda City26,262-53%55,4704154
114Mitsubishi ASX25,52799%12,838156132
115Zotye Z30025,060-6%26,6199488
116ChangAn Ouliwei24,852119%11,354162176
117Fiat Viaggio24,48432%18,527129106
118Suzuki S-Cross24,365new0 –285
119VW CC23,9797%22,331110117
120ChangAn Yuexiang V523,050-15%27,03191100
121Baojun 63022,773-26%30,8488376
122Kia Sportage22,1493%21,464112113
123BMW X122,018107%10,631169174
124VW Santana Vista21,987-44%39,5986481
125Great Wall Voleex C5021,393-34%32,1888078
126Mercedes GLK20,85518%17,628135120
127Mercedes E-Klasse L20,53448%13,880151130
128BYD F020,318-32%29,7878596
129Hyundai Elantra20,24115%17,635134139
130Haima Family19,777-9%21,744111147
131Mercedes C-Klasse19,60616%16,931136124
132Chevrolet Captiva19,5570%19,523121126
133Suzuki Swift19,54721%16,146142155
134Toyota Reiz19,091-34%28,7398779
135Zotye T60018,624new0 –317
136Landwind X5/X6/X8/X918,42778%10,367172178
137VW Touran18,014-12%20,432118137
138Lianhua L317,90433%13,440154111
139Chery Fulwin 217,670-55%39,1986570
140MG 317,631-23%23,042107110
141Honda Fit17,397-18%21,191116118
142Hyundai Tucson17,333-30%24,6869995
143JAC Refine S517,27919%14,463147154
144Citroen C517,080-5%18,025131121
145Soueast V3 Lingyue15,873-36%24,8589898
146Dongfeng Shuai15,867-4%16,594139152
147Baojun Yuechi (Spark)15,6288%14,405148150
148Geely (Shanghai Englon) SC715,587-35%24,059103109
149JMC Yusheng15,526232%4,676211196
150Chery Arrizo 715,417new0 –199
151Haima S7 Knight15,377-17%18,591127115
152JAC Heyue14,956-40%24,96597127
153Gonow Xinglang MPV14,868new0 –248
154Cadillac XTS14,818109%7,093190181
155Skoda Superb14,727-35%22,823109129
156Brilliance V514,689-40%24,465102107
157Geely Panda14,025-34%21,383114138
158Peugeot 50814,0022%13,662153164
159Dongfeng Fengshan A6013,508-8%14,700145159
160Lianhua L513,16323%10,676168148
161Lifan 72012,565389%2,568232227
162FAW Daihatsu Xenia S80/M8012,312-39%20,265119119
163Suzuki Liana12,303150%4,926208225
164Geely Vision12,292-43%21,394113136
165Zotye Z10011,861new0 –259
166Honda Crosstour11,824-48%22,895108108
167Skoda Fabia11,809-49%23,337104142
168Peugeot 20711,509-38%18,585128143
169Chevrolet Trax11,503new0 – –
170Chevrolet Aveo11,228-54%24,480101135
171Peugeot 200811,111new0 – –
172Lifan 62011,078-41%18,729126122
173Suzuki SX410,810-36%16,910137145
174JAC Heyue RS10,798-39%17,697133149
175Haima S510,634new0 – –
176GAC Trumpchi GA310,453new0 –205
177Brilliance FSV10,348-50%20,575117156
178Nissan NV20010,02224%8,081185188
179Kia Cerato9,814-29%13,889150169
180Geely Freedom Ship9,799-50%19,503122125
181Soueast V5 Lingzhi9,545-47%18,125130140
182Skoda Yeti9,521new0 –262
183Toyota E’Z Yizhi8,7783%8,556181190
184Brilliance H2308,679-72%30,52284101
185Changfeng Kingbox DUV8,594-28%11,913160172
186Ciimo Si Ming8,5910%8,606180203
187Fiat Ottimo8,553new0 – –
188Beijing Senova D508,202new0 – –
189Mazda3 Axela8,078new0 – –
190Toyota Crown8,062-18%9,872174173
191Chery E57,699-76%32,65079104
192Toyota Prado7,6047%7,109189184
193JAC Heyue A307,495new0 –228
194Suzuki Lingyang7,467-50%14,977144171
195Ford Mondeo Classic7,406-72%26,71593141
196Chevrolet Epica7,398-31%10,694167185
197Jiangnan Alto7,267-20%9,111176168
198MG 67,180-18%8,741177182
199Chery Cowin 37,1432146%318288268
200Roewe 5507,033-36%10,932165170
201Brilliance H2206,841new0 –269
202Roewe W56,54112%5,824200213
203Hawtai Santa Fe6,125-45%11,090164192
204Mazda6 Ruiwing6,069-30%8,707178186
205Hawtai (Baolige) B355,995-6%6,392192220
206ChangAn CS755,971new0 – –
207Yema F125,866110%2,800228246
208Audi A35,848new0 – –
209FAW Besturn B705,8264%5,594202232
210Mazda6 Atenza5,792new0 – –
211Luxgen 7 SUV5,605-49%10,906166180
212Skoda Rapid Spaceback5,577new0 – –
213FAW Weizhi V55,573-66%16,186141167
214Lifan 5305,3852370%218295255
215MG 55,38131%4,120214226
216Jinbei Granse5,380-30%7,710187183
217Chery A15,360-4%5,585204215
218BYD Qin5,357new0 –337
219Honda Odyssey5,155-57%11,994159162
220Kia Soul5,1184%4,929207218
221Luxgen 5 Sedan5,1073574%139300223
222Huanghai Aurora5,044-16%6,010199208
223Honda Elysion4,95313%4,396212211
224Chery Cowin 24,925-61%12,691157187
225Beijing Auto B404,923new0 – –
226Hyundai Sonata MoInca4,905-26%6,586191197
227DS 54,889new0 –291
228DS 5LS4,888new0 – –
229ChangAn Raeton4,64650%3,104225238
230BYD G64,590-72%16,390140166
231Gleagle GC74,559-61%11,604161131
232Brilliance H5304,557-47%8,633179189
233JAC Tongyue4,543-67%13,786152177
234Lifan 3304,510new0 –263
235Lifan 6304,432new0 –272
236Mazda3 Xingcheng4,397-75%17,932132153
237Zhongxing C3 Urban Ark4,280new0 – –
238Zotye T200 (5008)4,204-71%14,639146144
239Gonow Saboo G3/Aoosed G54,129253%1,170255270
240Luxgen 6 SUV3,959new0 – –
241Nissan March3,949831%424278275
242Foton MP-X3,88741%2,761229241
243BYD Sirui3,86136%2,846227210
244Mitsubishi Lancer EX3,769-38%6,032198209
245Peugeot 3073,541-64%9,750175193
246Mercedes Vito3,52256%2,258240247
247Linian S13,409-68%10,494170198
248Karry Youya3,23126%2,561233240
249Jonway A3803,058-5%3,221223231
250BYD M63,02741%2,145244243
251Hawtai Lusheng E702,943578%434277282
252Haima 2 Cupid2,909-78%12,939155179
253Soueast V6 Lingshi2,907-24%3,821217202
254FAW Oley2,86630%2,211241258
255JAC Yueyue2,721-74%10,493171195
256Mitsubishi Pajero Sport2,720new0 –271
257Honda Spirior2,641-21%3,355221242
259BAW (Beijing) Jeep2,505-2%2,551234251
260Volvo S80L2,49638%1,812247266
261Qoros 32,461new0 – –
262Chery X12,357-31%3,426220201
263GAC Trumpchi GA52,258-32%3,299222235
264FAW Besturn B902,246-54%4,860209230
265Toyota Land Cruiser 2001,981-9%2,183243252
266Mercedes Viano1,97623%1,610249264
267Beijing Senova D701,97230%1,518250217
268Great Wall M21,960-60%4,847210221
269Kia Rio1,833-40%3,067226260
270BYD G31,814-54%3,936216239
271Haima Aishang (M11)1,810-48%3,503219261
272Roewe 9501,657-34%2,506236265
273Haima Freema1,652-80%8,188184207
274Mitsubishi Lancer1,584-36%2,492237254
275Great Wall Voleex C20R1,549-72%5,449205222
276Nissan Paladin1,538-30%2,200242256
277Zotye E201,428new0 – –
278Chery A31,426-66%4,175213224
279Lifan 3201,402-90%14,035149158
280BYD e61,39191%730265286
281Shanghai Englon SC61,387-88%11,186163163
282FAW Weizhi V21,293-11%1,447251276
283Mitsubishi Pajero1,29010%1,175254267
284Brilliance Junjie (BS4)1,222-46%2,279239274
285Shanghai Englon SX71,070-70%3,618218214
286Emgrand EC81,025-84%6,236194216
287Shanghai Englon TX49892312%41309341
288FAW Hongqi H7853274%228294279
289Toyota Prius839-58%2,004245281
290Roewe 750794-3%818263273
291Shanghai Englon SC3772-89%7,314188204
293Chery G3681-12%773264307
294Changfeng CS7 Feiteng6171302%44307297
295Ford S-Max60310%546271290
296Changfeng Leopaard559new0 –
297Luxgen 7 MPV54216%467275296
298Brilliance Junjie Cross521new0 –284
299Yema F10499-62%1,323252277
300Gonow Aoosed GX5480-71%1,636248257
301Brilliance Junjie FRV472n/a0 –n/a
303Suzuki Splash444-3%458276295
304Jinbei S504175113%8317350
305BAW (Beijing) Beiqi 2020 series393new0 –325
306Brilliance Zunchi (BS6)39214%344283304
307Maxus G10375new0 – –
308Foton MP-X Midi373-59%910259289
309Dongfeng Oting305-11%344284308
310Lifan 520/520i281-95%5,761201229
311Mitsubishi Zinger281-26%380280302
312Haima M8274new0 –329
313Great Wall Voleex V80266-93%4,052215233
314Zotye Z200244-91%2,718231250
315Haima Prince223new0 –335
316Changfeng CS6197-21%250291312
317Chery Eastar167-11%187297310
318BAW (Beijing) 007150-38%242292316
319Rely X5146-58%345282318
320Dongfeng Yumsun145-61%368281303
321Changhe Ideal128-89%1,160256283
322Chery M11278%118303331
323Nissan Murano119-8%130301322
324Landwind Fashion113-22%144299326
325Tianqi Meiya Haishi100-86%701266299
326ChangAn CX30100-16%119302330
327Chery Cowin 191-99%6,248193236
328Venucia Morning Wind84new0 –332
329Hawtai Terracan75-78%341285321
330Rely V559-94%929258292
331BYD G3R50new0 –311
332Mitsubishi Galant45-58%106304334
333Hawtai B11393%38310342
334Chery G629-85%190296327
335MG 722-54%48306333
336Luxgen Master CEO20-96%480274314
337Chery G518-96%418279313
338BAW (Beijing) Warrior18new0 – –
339Roewe E501386%7318319
340Yema F999-88%74305338
341Cadillac SLS9-40%15313346
342Buick Park Avenue6-96%156298336
343Brilliance Junjie Wagon6new0 –349
344Shanghai Englon SC5/Golden Eagle5-100%5,587203237
345Hafei Lobo4-99%500272293
346BAW (Beijing) Luba4-99%308289324
347JAC Rein2-100%2,528235278
348Hafei Saima2-99%339286305
349Toyota Yaris1-100%7,724186212
350Citroen C21-100%6,100196219
351Kia Optima1-100%882262301
352Zotye Multiplan1-100%689267306


This Post Has 6 Comments
  1. My guess is that Chinese obsession with VWs comes from the perception of German high build quality that VW has created, and the associated prestige, which is a much more valuable asset to Chinese buyers than standing apart from the crowd. They don’t mind all having the same cars, as long as they’re good. The frustrating side of this is that some Chinese companies are now just scrambling over themselves to copy VW products (I’ve had some first hand experience with this, I work in the auto industry) instead of developing something different. Meanwhile, others that have dared to introduce their own styling avenues such as MG or Chang’an are not enjoying the same success. Personally I don’t care much for VW group styling, I find it numbingly boring and samey and would much rather have a Ford, a Hyundai or a Kia any day of the week.

  2. Not just the Europeans that appreciate VW/Audi/Skoda models. Excellent to see China embracing the models too. By the fellowes78, what does ‘crasps’ mean?

  3. @pedro

    Guess it will.

    Fascinating to see the Chinese “VW addiction”.

    Practically each VW model – already achieving gargantuan sales numbers – accelerates faster than the market in general. Amazing fact.

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