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China 2005: Tianjin Xiali and Hyundai Elantra take the lead

Tianjin Xiali

* See the Top 50 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ at the end of the post *

After consolidating its growth in 2004 at +8%, the Chinese car market is back to extravagant expansion: +23% this year to reach 2.77 million units. New legislation to contain sales growth by restricting car credit has the effect of reshuffling the models ranking entirely, bringing to an end two decades of Volkswagen domination…

The disputed fight for the first place goes on all year between the Hyundai Elantra and the Tianjin Xiali, based on the Daihatsu Charade and facelifted at mid-year. The Xiali finishes the year #1 with 179,681 sales and 6.5% of the market, up 56% and the Hyundai Elantra is #2 at 176,589 units (6.4%), up 72%.

The Buick Excelle gains 3 spots to climb onto the podium at 150,859 sales (5.4%), up 64%, ahead of ex-leader the VW Jetta, #4 with sales down 8%. The Chery QQ is the best new entrant in the Top 10 in 5th place with 115,980 sales. The Honda Accord at #6 (+4%) and VW Santana at #7 (-30%) suffer from the new legislation.

Note the Nissan Tiida, launched in March, is already #1 in September with over 13,700 units sold. It finishes the year in 18th position at 55,548 sales.

Full Top 50 Ranking Table: click on ‘Read more’ below the Chery QQ picture.

Chery QQ

China Full Year 2005:

Pos Model 2005 %
1 FAW Tianjin Xiali 179,681 6.5%
2 Beijing Hyundai Elantra 176,589 6.4%
3 Shanghai Buick Excelle 150,859 5.4%
4 FAW VW Jetta 142,196 5.1%
5 Chery QQ 115,980 4.2%
6 Guangzhou Honda Accord 114,000 4.1%
7 Shanghai VW Santana 92,472 3.3%
8 Guangzhou Honda Fit 89,229 3.2%
9 Geely Uliou/Merrie 75,584 2.7%
10 Shanghai VW Passat/Lingyu 67,160 2.4%
11 Dongfeng Yueda Kia Accent 66,298 2.4%
12 Tianjin FAW Toyota Corolla 66,040 2.4%
13 Shanghai Buick Regal 64,499 2.3%
14 Changan Suzuki Alto 60,248 2.2%
15 FAW Hainan Family 60,057 2.2%
16 Dongfeng Nissan Teana 58,861 2.1%
17 Shanghai VW Santana 3000 58,671 2.1%
18 Dongfeng Nissan Tiida 55,548 2.0%
19 Dongfeng Citroen Fukang 50,316 1.8%
20 FAW Mazda 6 50,100 1.8%
21 Geely Haoqing 50,068 1.8%
22 Beijing Hyundai Sonata 48,058 1.7%
23 Shanghai Chevrolet Sail 46,064 1.7%
24 Changan Ford Mondeo 42,797 1.5%
25 Dongfeng Citroen Elysee 42,687 1.5%
26 FAW Audi A6 42,331 1.5%
27 Dongfeng Peugeot 307 40,388 1.5%
28 FAW VW Bora 39,402 1.4%
29 Southeast Lioncel 37,196 1.3%
30 Harbin Hafei Lubao 36,733 1.3%
31 Jianghuai Refine 31,516 1.1%
32 Tianjin FAW Toyota Crown 28,248 1.0%
33 Changan Suzuki Lingyang 27,828 1.0%
34 Changhe Suzuki Ideal 27,828 1.0%
35 Guangzhou Honda Odyssey 27,544 1.0%
36 Dongfeng Yueda Kia Cerato 26,916 1.0%
37 SAIC-GM Wuling Spark 26,900 1.0%
38 Changhe Suzuki Beidouxing 26,742 1.0%
39 Tianjin FAW Toyota Vios 26,697 1.0%
40 Shanghai Buick GL8 26,271 0.9%
41 Dongfeng Honda CR-V 26,244 0.9%
42 Hunan Changfeng Liebao 24,171 0.9%
43 Chery Qiyun 22,752 0.8%
44 Shanghai Chevrolet Epica 19,507 0.7%
45 Shanghai Maple Marindo 303 18,934 0.7%
46 DFM Future 18,800 0.7%
47 Nanjing Fiat Palio 18,267 0.7%
48 Shanghai VW Polo 15,946 0.6%
49 FAW Hainan Premacy 15,009 0.5%
50 Changan CM8 14,987 0.5%

Source: Automotive Resources Asia Ltd

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