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China: Now with complete brands and models charts from 1991 to 2006

The VW Santana was the best-selling vehicle in China up until 1999.

Check out Full China Historical Data from 1980 to 2022 here.

BSCB has now been updated with complete brands and models rankings from 1991 to 2006. That’s 16 new articles! The data includes Passenger Cars, Commercial Vehicles and even imports. Absolutely all vehicles sold in China over the period are accounted for in these reports, exclusive to us. You won’t find this data anywhere else!

Over the course of these 15 years, the Chinese market has experienced exceptional growth, that no other market had managed before (and probably none will after). It has gone from 362,941 units to 6,765,512, sporting double-digit year-on-year gains for a majority of these years. Notably +40.7% in 2002, +37.4% in 2003 and +26.1% in 2006. The million annual unit bar was passed in 1993, 2 million in 2001, 3 and 4 million in 2003 alone, 5 million in 2005 and 6 million in 2006. Albeit this is still way below the 25 million+ sales the Chinese market currently achieves.

The VW Jetta was the #1 Passenger Car in China from 2001 to 2004 and in 2006.

Volkswagen has remained the most popular carmaker in the country for the entire period, which makes BYD’s accession to the pole position in 2023 all the more impressive. Notice the arrival of Geely in 2000, Chery, Great Wall and BYD in 2001.

Model-wise, from 1991 to 1999 the VW Santana was the best-selling vehicle in the country, then minivans took the relay: the Changan Star from 2000 to 2005 and the Wuling Van in 2006. Looking at the Passenger Car ranking, the VW Jetta topples the Santana in 2001, keeps the lead until 2004 and takes it back in 2006. The FAW Tianjin Xiali is the best-seller in 2005 thanks to a facelift that year. The Buick Excelle and Hyundai Elantra also make themselves noticed.

The direct links to these new and updated posts are below, Full 1980-2022 Historical Data is here.

China 1991: Volkswagen sells 3 times more than any other brand (new)

China 1992: VW Santana #1, FAW Tianjin Xiali up to #3, market up 45.7% (new)

China 1993: First millionaire market, VW Santana first model above 100,000 annual sales (new)

China 1994: FAW Tianjin teases Volkswagen for #1 brand (new)

China 1995: Growth slows down to +7.3% (new)

China 1996: VW Santana 2000 up to #2 in soft market (new)

China 1997: VW Santana 2000 threatens Santana for pole position, market up 11.9% (new)

China 1998: Stable market hits 1.5 million units, Changhe, Wuling, VW strong (new)

China 1999: VW Santana and Changan Star top market up 8.2% (new)

China 2000: Changan Star takes the lead, VW Santana still best-selling Passenger Car (new)

China 2001: Market above 2 million units, VW Jetta outsells Santana, Great Wall, Chery land (new)

China 2002: Market up 40.7% to almost 3 million, VW Jetta leads Passenger Car ranking again (new)

China 2003: Market up 37.4% to over 4 million, Changan Star and VW Jetta lead, Buick Regal up (new)

China 2004: Volumes consolidate at +13.1%, VW down, Hyundai Elantra instant blockbuster (new)

China 2005: FAW Tianjin Xiali and Hyundai Elantra take the lead of Passenger Car charts (updated)

China 2006: VW Jetta reclaims PC first place, Buick Excelle close second (updated)

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