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Sales of new Light Commercial Vehicles are down a harsh 24% year-on-year in China to 256.721 units, pulling the year-to-date total down 26% or nearly 900.000 sales to 2.439.070 registrations according to LMC Automotive. The trend away from microvans and towards mini pickups gets more and more striking as 2015 clicks through: the Wuling Mini Trucks enjoys its third consecutive month as #1 LCV in China thanks to sales up 6% year-on-year to 23.021, and now ranks #3 year-to-date with 152.568 units (+12%), overtaking the Wuling Rongguang (-53%) and Hongguang V, down a worrying 38% on August and 71% on its all-time best of 30.003 sales last March.
Similarly, the Chana Mini Truck makes its very first appearance inside the LCV Top 10 this month at #10 with 7.479 sales. The only other nameplates officially gaining ground in the August Top 10 are also pickups: the Foton Light Truck is up 36% and the JAC Light Truck up 42%. Confirming the microbus is now a thing of the past in China, the Wuling Sunshine is down 18% at #2 and the Chana Minibus is down 27% to #7. For the first time on BSCB we can share with you a Top 20 LCV ranking, showing the Great Wall Pickup at #12 and the #1 foreigner the Ford Transit at #15, followed by the Isuzu N-Series at #18.
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Full August 2015 Top 20 models Ranking Table below.