The Changan CS75 smashes its record volume by almost 10.000 units.
With some delay due to Chinese New Year holidays, we can share with you today China wholesales data (ex-factory shipments) for January. The market surges 30% to over 2.5 million units, the best February since 2018, as year-ago volumes were impacted by the Chinese New Year holiday, in February in 2021. Passenger Vehicles gain 27% to come just under 2.05 million units while Commercial Vehicles are up a stunning 43% to 458.000. Electrified vehicle wholesales shoot up 239% (or 3-fold) to 179.000 including 151.000 BEV (+288%) and 29.000 PHEV (+105%). Once again, it’s a month to forget for market leader Volkswagen (-5.6%) enduring the only year-on-year decline in the Top 15. Great results by the Magotan (+106.8%), Polo (+69.3%), Sagitar (+49.6%), Phideon (+35.9%), Bora (+29.2%) and Santana (+19.4%) are neutralised by freefalls for most of the carmaker’s SUV lineup: the Tharu (-78.4%), Tayron (-63.3%), T-Roc (-56.2%), Tiguan L (-37.9%), Teramont (-35.8%), Tacqua (-10.8%) all suffer, as do the Lamando (-94.3%), Passat (-87%), CC (-39.7%) and Golf (-34.7%).
Toyota breaks its Chinese monthly volume record…
In contrast, Toyota (+20.7%) breaks its all-time volume record at 172.045 thanks to strong performances by the IZOA (+87%), Camry (+36.2%), RAV4 (+26.7%), Levin (+19.4%) and Wildlander (record 12.271). This is the closest Toyota has been to becoming the #1 carmaker in China. Honda (+15.6%) is relegated to third place above Geely (+26.2%) up two spots on December to #4. Changan (+94.7%) is up four ranks to #5 and almost doubles its volume year-on-year, helped by all-time records by the CS75 (42.171) smashing its previous best by almost 10.000 units, the Eado (23.537) and UNI-T (11.868). Below Nissan (+26.9%) matching the Passenger Vehicle market, Haval soars 60.9% as its best-seller the H6 is up 75.5% and the Big Dog breaks its volume record again at 10.305. Buick (+26.2%) also evolves roughly like the PV market at #8.
…as does Audi…
A remarkable feat, Audi (+48.5%) BMW (+45.9%) and Mercedes (+39.9%) all break their all-time volume records this month. Audi is helped by the Q5L (+91%), A4L (+58.1%), A6L (+57.8%), Q2L (+47.7%) and Q3 (+36.2%). BMW is driven by the X2 (+327.6%) 3 Series L (+84.8%), 5 Series L (+43.9%), X1 (+35.1%) and Mercedes is propelled by the GLA (+7291.3%), EQC (+161.4%), A Class L (+89.9%), GLB (+32.6%) and C Class L (+26.8%). Wuling (+374.2%) lodges a spectacular uptick thanks to the success of the Hongguang MINI EV posting yet another record volume at 36.762 as does the Victory at 10.117. BYD (+68%) and Chery (+62%) also shine below. Hongqi (+157.6%) smashes its all-time volume record by almost 7.500 units at 32.526 thanks to new records by the HS5 (14.345), H5 (11.657) and H9 (4.504) and the arrival of the E-HS9 pictured below. Lynk & Co (25.501), COS (24.549), Volvo (17.977) and NIO (7.225) are also at their all-time best while Tesla remains the most popular recent launch just as the Model Y makes its first appearance in the charts. Peugeot (+107.7%) seems to have finally bottomed out.
Over in the models ranking, the Nissan Sylphy (+55.4%) easily retains the top spot above the Haval H6 (+75.5%) and the VW Lavida (+17.8%). The Changan CS75 (+63.6%) is up to a record 4th place overall ahead of the VW Sagitar (+40.6%) and Wuling Hongguang MINI EV, also breaking its ranking record at #6. Other all-time volume record-breakers not yet mentioned include the Geely Binyue (16.052), Geely Xingrui (14.160), COS X5 (13.127), BYD Han (12.103), Lynk & Co 03 (10.085), GAC Trumpchi GM8 (5.590), Roewe Clever (5.176), Xpeng P7 (3.710), SOL A5 (3.575) and Bestune B70 (3.081). Among newcomers for February, the WEY Tank 300 (6.018), Haval First Love/Jolion (5.614), Tesla Model Y (1.641) and Audi Q3 Sportback (1.639) stand out.
The WEY Tank 300 has landed in the Chinese wholesales charts.
Full January 2021 Top 100 All-brands and Top 445 All-models below.