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China LCV May 2017: Pickups confirm rebound at +13%

Sales of the facelifted Great Wall Wingle 5 are up 21% in May. Picture

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Thanks to our partnership with Chinese consultancy outlet Cedars, we can share with you today May LCV data for China. This month the Chinese LCV market shows a slightly different outlook. Minivans continue to tumble down at -18% to 46.578 registrations and -23% to 263.389 year-to-date, that evolution has been valid for a few years now. The change is mini trucks now also marking a pause with a small 2% decline in May to 48.769 units vs. +11% to 272.241 so far this year, still above minivans. On the other hand, pickups confirm they are definitely on the mend at +13% to 31.231 registrations in May and +16% to 161.547 year-to-date.

Huanghai N2. Picture 

The Wuling Mini Truck holds onto the LCV pole position with sales up 6% in May, followed by the Wuling Hongguang V down 16% and the Wuling Sunshine down 25%. The Chana Star Mini Truck (+35%) and Minibus (+213%) post spectacular gains on a particularly low base in May 2016. Among pickups, the Great Wall Wingle 5 gets a second wind thanks to its facelift at +21% in 6th place overall, selling more than double the #2 pickup, the ZX Auto Grand Tiger up 13%. The JMC Baodian (-17%) and Great Wall Wingle 6 (+14%) follow. Further down, notice the JAC Pickup (+84%) and Huanghai N2 (+38%) also very dynamic. The Maxus T60 climbs the sales charts and now ranks #27. The Nissan Navara, whose local production has now started, should appear in this ranking shortly.

Previous post: China LCV March 2017: Mini trucks and pickups shoot up

One year ago: China LCV May 2016: Minitrucks outsell minivans, pickups up 11%

Full May 2017 Top 45 models below.

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