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China January 2018: Exclusive imports data by model and brand

The BMW X5 is the best-selling import in China in January. 

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Import sales in China surge 22.4% year-on-year in January to 120.990 units. Note no media outside of China is reporting on these figures, and BSCB being the first to do so. Brand-wise, Mercedes (+18%) overtakes BMW (+5%) to takes the lead with almost 22.000 deliveries with Lexus (+53%), Toyota (+229%) and Land Rover (+43%) rounding up the Top 5 and all frankly outpacing the market. In the Top 10, only Nissan (+173%) also over-performs whereas Audi (+17%), Lincoln (+8%), Porsche (+2%) and Volkswagen (-3%) all trail the market. Below, Mazda (+17800%), Ferrari (+160%), Infiniti (+46%), Mitsubishi (+35%) and Rolls Royce (+33%) also shine.

The Toyota Land Cruiser ranks 5th in January vs. #14 over the Full Year 2017.

As it was the case a year ago in January 2017, the BMW X5 surprises and snaps the title of best-selling import in China thanks to deliveries up 38% year-on-year to 7.195. This is the highest monthly volume reached by any imported model in China in the past year, the previous high being 6.066 by the Lexus ES last November. The ES is knocked down to 2nd place in spite of gaining a vgourous 53% on its January 2017 score while the Toyota Prado (+39%) rounds up the podium like in FY17. The Mercedes GLE rallies back up to #4 after having fallen out of the December Top 10, while the Toyota Land Cruiser posts an astounding score in 5th place overall vs. #14 over FY17.

The Nissan Patrol is up 208% to #13. 

The rest of the Top 12 is a luxury affair with the Porsche Macan, BMW 7 Series, Lexus NX (+46%), Mercedes CLA and Lexus RX inside the Top 10 and the Range Rover and Mercedes S-Class just outside. The Nissan Patrol is up 3-fold to #13, the Mercedes GLC Coupe up 233% to #18 and the Porsche Panamera up 11-fold to #23. The Range Rover Velar leads recent launches (<12 months) at #34 above the Mazda CX-3 at #75, the Porsche 718 at #77, the Ford F-150 at #86, the Alfa Romeo Giulia at #88 and the Alfa Romeo Stelvio at #90.

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