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China 2003: VW Jetta, Santana and Passat in command

2003 is the year the Chinese market took off: no less than +70% on 2002 for a total of 2,082,581 registrations!

The VW Jetta is still the best selling model, this time with 143,121 sales and 6.9% share, up 18%. The veteran VW Santana stays 2nd with sales up 24% at 122,663 units, just above the VW Passat at 122,445, up 55%.

The Tianjin Xiali is 4th again, at 96,180 sales (+15%) passing the VW Santana 2000 at 92,892 units (-2%). At +141% and 89,988 sales, the Buick Regal is the best performing new entrant in the Top 10 in 6th position, ahead of the Honda Accord in 7th at +78% with 80,450 units.

Full Top 30 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Buick Regal pic.

Buick Regal

China Full Year 2003:

Pos Model 2003 % 03/02 2002 % Pos
1 VW Jetta 143,121 6.9% 18% 121,128 9.9% 1
2 VW Santana 122,663 5.9% 24% 98,663 8.1% 2
3 VW Passat 122,445 5.9% 55% 78,794 6.4% 5
4 Tianjin Xiali 96,180 4.6% 15% 83,720 6.8% 4
5 VW Santana 2000 92,892 4.5% -2% 95,117 7.8% 3
6 Buick Regal 89,988 4.3% 141% 37,325 3.0% 14
7 Honda Accord 80,450 3.9% 78% 45,209 3.7% 11
8 VW Bora 78,068 3.7% 51% 51,610 4.2% 8
9 Geely 69,289 3.3% 59% 43,500 3.6% 12
10 Suzuki Alto 61,302 2.9% 26% 48,823 4.0% 10
11 Audi A6 53,108 2.6% 52% 34,962 2.9% 15
12 Hyundai Sonata 51,950 2.5% new 1,002 0.1%
13 Chevrolet Sail 51,679 2.5% -7% 55,782 4.6% 6
14 VW Polo 50,988 2.4% 79% 28,521 2.3% 16
15 Toyota Vios 49,457 2.4% new 2,040 0.2%
16 Citroen Elysee 48,053 2.3% 69% 28,396 2.3% 17
17 Citroen ZX 46,612 2.2% -12% 53,183 4.3% 7
18 Chery Fengyun 45,930 2.2% -8% 50,155 4.1% 9
19 Dongfeng Fengshen 44,780 2.2% 9% 41,060 3.4% 13
20 Hyundai Accent 43,934 2.1% new 1,871 0.2%
21 Mazda Familia 42,387 2.0% 289% 10,894 0.9% 26
22 Suzuki Swift 38,716 1.9% 139% 16,195 1.3% 21
23 Buick Excelle 36,001 1.7% new 0 0.0%
24 Soueast Lioncel 33,557 1.6% new 0 0.0%
25 Changfeng Pajero 29,844 1.4% 92% 15,531 1.3% 22
26 FAW Red Flag 27,018 1.3% 1% 26,634 2.2% 18
27 Brilliance Zhonghua 25,600 1.2% 190% 8,816 0.7% 27
28 Chery QQ 25,186 1.2% new 0 0.0%
29 Mazda6 24,248 1.2% new 0 0.0%
30 Buick GL8 23,520 1.1% 33% 17,656 1.4% 20

Source: Automotive Resources Asia Ltd

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