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China imports November 2021: Sales drop worsens to -35.3%, BMW best-seller

BMW is the best-selling importer in China for the 2nd month in a row.

Sales of imported new cars in China implode -35.3% year-on-year in November to 63,773 units, sending the year-to-date tally into negative at -3.2% to 857,362 units. BMW (-26.9%) holds onto the brands top spot for just 69 sales above Lexus (-50.9%) cratering again. Mercedes (-15.2%) is down one spot on last month to #3 while Porsche (-18.1%) reclaims the 4th place off Audi (-21.5%). Volvo (-3.6%) and Land Rover (-28.8%) manage to keep their losses below the market rate but Toyota (-59.9%), Volkswagen (-50%) and Mini (-38.5%) all freefall. Ferrari (+4500%), Ford (+114.1%), Aston Martin (+63%), Maserati (+36.7%), Jeep (+32.1%) and Hyundai (+26.3%) all challenge the negative context with solid year-on-year upticks.

Model-wise, the Lexus ES (-44.9%) reclaims the top spot it holds year-to-date with a little over 6,800 sales, easily distancing last month’s leader the BMW X5 (-18%). The Mercedes GLE (+33.3%) goes against the grain with a fantastic lift to remain in third place. It is followed by the Lexus RX (-34.9%) and Porsche Macan (-27.1%) up four spots on last month to #5. The Range Rover (+14.1%) is the only additional Top 10 gainer just as the Volvo XC90 (-5.5%) resists well. The Porsche Cayenne (-49.4%), Toyota Alphard (-37.2%) and BMW 7 Series (-34%) aren’t that lucky. Just outside the Top 10, the BMW 4 Series (+219.3%), Porsche Panamera (+128.1%), Mercedes GLS (+86.2%) and Audi A5 (+76.4%) stand out.

Previous month: China imports October 2021: BMW X5 best-seller in market freefalling -32.5%

Previous year: China imports Full Year 2020: Lexus places ES, RX and NX in Top 4 in market down -12.3%

Full November 2021 Top 33 All-brands and Top 147 All-models below.

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