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As is the tradition on BSCB, after exploring in detail Chinese July sales we now look at the year-to-date ranking to try an extract longer-term trends. As a whole the market is up 8% on the same period in 2013 to 13.3 million units excluding imports (up 11% to 10.992 million units if we exclude commercial vehicles). As the year goes by the year-to-date models ranking cements itself and as such this month there are only two changes in the Top 10 compared to the 1st Half ranking. The Wuling Hongguang becomes the first passenger car to sell over 400,000 units in the country in less than 7 months, adding up to 426,657 units (+53%) at end-July. It is followed like last year by the VW Lavida at a record 298,050 (+18%) and the Ford Focus at 232,688 (+6%), here too the nameplate’s strongest result after 7 months in China.
Volkswagen manages to place no less than 4 models inside the Top 6 with the Santana at #4 (+118%) ahead of the Sagitar (+12%) and Jetta (+30%). The first change in the Top 10 is local SUV king Haval H6 up two spots compared to the H1 charts thanks to record ranking and sales in July to #7 with 169,662 sales, up 57% on 2013 and overtaking the Buick Excelle and Nissan Sylphy. The Chevrolet Cruze for its part gains 3 spots to reclaim a spot in the Top 10 at #10 with sales up 19% on 2013, while the VW Tiguan passes the Buick Excelle XT/GT to claim #12 and the VW Bora is now above the Chevrolet Sail for #14 and the VW Golf overtakes the Honda CR-V at #19.
As far as Chinese models are concerned, the ChangAn Eado is third overall and up two ranks to #26 (+85%), taking its distance over the Chana Honor at #31 (+95%) and Dongfeng Future at #32 (+21%). The Emgrand EC7 falls deeper down the ladder at #38 (-32%), the Roewe 350 (#46), Venucia D50/R50 (#48) and ChangAn CS35 (#50) are the remaining locals in the Top 50, with the BYD S6 (#51), Dongfeng Joyear (#52) and Great Wall M4 (#53) not far behind.
The Hyundai Mistra is once again the most popular model launched less than a year ago at #35 with 73,482 sales so far in 2014, still on track to finish 2014 way above the 100,000 units aimed at by Hyundai (120,000+ is more likely at this stage!). The Ford Mondeo gains 4 spots to #44 and 61,374 sales thanks to a blockbuster month of July, the Chery Tiggo 5 is down one to #67, the Toyota Yaris L up one to #68, the Peugeot 301 up 8 to #71 and now 5th most popular newbie with 43,849 units (vs. #7 last month), the Beijing Weiwang M20 down two to #77, the Chery E3 down a harsh 8 to #81 and the Honda Jade down one to #98.
Further down, other interesting developments include the DS 5 LS overtaking the DS 5 at #222 with 5,785 sales vs. #233 and 5,193 and the Qoros 3 up 5 spots from #261 after 6 months to #256 and 3,026 sales after 7… All-in-all, out of 53 all-new models younger than one-year old, two rank inside the Top 50 for now, 8 in the Top 100 and 27 in the Top 200.
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Full 7 months 2014 Top 356 All-local models and Top 66 All-brands Ranking Tables below.