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As you may be aware, BSCB is striving to offer an ever more complete coverage of the #1 vehicle market in the world, China. Today, for the very first time on the site and thanks to a new partnership with Consulting firm Cedars, we can share with you complete minivan, pickup and mini truck monthly data by model for China. This is a very important step towards a fully transparent coverage of the Chinese market monthly on the site. We have also managed to get hold on complete import data by model and this will be uploaded very shortly as well. Looking at year-on-year evolution by segment, minivans implode at -43% to just 55.319 registrations compared to 97.066 a year ago (year-to-date is down 39% to 620,778) and pickups also take a plunge at 21% to 23.987 (year-to-date is down 19% to 237.855). Reversely, following a trend we at BSCB have been describing for the past six months, mini trucks (the Chinese label for micro pickups) go against the overall LCV grain with sales down just 1.5% in September to 39.812 units and up 3% year-to-date at 322.557.
Now to the models ranking in detail, and the Wuling Mini Truck holds onto the LCV leadership for the third consecutive month thanks to sales down just 9% to 21.647, followed by the Wuling Sunshine (-19%), Foton Light Truck (-2%), Chana Star Minibus (-23%), JAC Light Truck (+35%) and Wuling Rongguang (-57%). Split sales with the Chana Star Taurus now made available mean the Chana Star year-to-date total (-37%) is slightly lower than the previous months. Having access to complete minivan, mini truck and pickup data means we now have a full vision of the Chinese LCV market that is in line with my observations on the ground in the past couple of years. We can explore the market down to the more obscure nameplates I described during my previous Chinese countryside trips.
A few examples: the Great Wall Wingle 5 is #11, the Dongfeng K Series Mini Truck ranks #12, the new generation Dongfeng Rich seen in Mohe ranks 16th, the FAW Jilin V52 minivan is up 147% to #18, the Great Wall Wingle 6 is #23, the FQT Motor M70 pictured atop this article is #33, the Huanghai R-Series is #32 and the Huanghai N-Series #36. The complete ranking is below the jump.
Full September 2015 Top 69 models Ranking Table below.