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China September 2010

Buick Excelle

True to its new status as the biggest car market in the world, China features 32 models above 10,000 sales this month, vs. 23 in the USA. Leading the pack is the Buick Excelle, confirming General Motors’ excellent shape in this part of the world. The hatchback version, the Excelle XT (aka Opel Astra), is also going strong in 24th at 11,404 sales.

Following very closely are the Hyundai Elantra Yuedong, a version of the Korean best-seller exclusive to China, and the VW Lavida, also a model built exclusively for the Chinese market.

After a couple of months at #1, the VW Jetta falls to 4th this month. It is based on the 1984 generation of the European VW Jetta and a 2010 restyling gave it a second wind in the last few months.

In 5th and getting stronger every month is the Chevrolet Cruze with no less than 17,264 sales this month, ahead of the the FAW Xiali N Series, with an excellent 17,243 sales thanks to the arrival of the new N5 model (pictured below the fold).

The #1 car in the year-to-date ranking, the BYD F3, is going through a bit of a rough time: it hasn’t been #1 since June and is only 14th this month. However, its domination during the first half of the year was such that it is still way ahead in the 2010 rankings with 198,388 sales.

Full Top 50 Ranking table and more commentaries below.

Other good performers this month are the Nissan Teana, 8th (+32 spots!) with 16,548 sales, the Honda CR-V in 13th and City in 14th, The VW Polo which with 12,020 units already sells nearly twice as much in China as in Germany, the Kia Forte in 31st, the new Hyundai Verna in 34th and the ChangAn Benben Mini, 38th with 9,119 sales and +68 spots on August! It is pictured below just before the ranking table.

The new Nissan March (aka Micra) starts its Chinese career with 5,607 units sold in its first month (75th).

FAW Xiali N5

ChangAn Benben Mini

Pos Model Sept August Aug 2010 Pos
1 Buick Excelle 22,607 20,278 2 164,721 5
2 Hyundai Elantra Yuedong 22,123 17,838 4 176,134 3
3 VW Lavida 20,812 20,227 3 178,835 2
4 VW Jetta 19,983 21,391 1 174,287 4
5 Chevrolet Cruze 17,264 11,532 18 130,076 7
6 FAW Xiali N Series 17,243 12,373 14 134,957 6
7 VW Bora 16,873 17,581 5 123,722 9
8 Nissan Teana 16,548 7,369 40 108,058 17
9 Honda Accord 16,063 12,586 13 127,192 8
10 Ford Focus 15,532 13,139 11 120,851 11
11 BYD F3 14,889 14,663 6 198,388 1
12 Chery QQ 14,096 13,527 7 114,957 15
13 Honda CR-V 13,376 12,008 17 102,013 19
14 Honda City 13,241 9,537 26 94,380 21
15 Toyota Corolla 13,098 13,343 9 121,449 10
16 Toyota Camry 13,027 12,013 16 120,341 12
17 Hyundai Elantra 12,710 13,194 10 115,910 14
18 BYD F0 12,615 11,209 20 105,782 18
19 Nissan Sylphy 12,318 10,576 22 108,428 16
20 VW Polo 12,020 10,740 21 84,598 26
21 Skoda Octavia 11,912 11,312 19 85,611 24
22 Chevrolet Sail 11,777 12,697 12 82,036 28
23 Nissan Tiida 11,424 12,125 15 119,880 13
24 Buick Excelle XT 11,404 8,520 31 41,126 67
25 VW Passat 11,017 8,675 30 95,439 20
26 VW Santana 10,893 9,159 28 81,755 29
27 Nissan Livina 10,562 8,935 29 85,019 25
28 VW Sagitar 10,558 9,899 23 83,479 27
29 Great Wall Hover 10,454 13,501 8 92,064 22
30 Citroen C-Quatre 10,373 7,552 38 74,047 32
31 Kia Forte 10,340 7,706 36 31,746 76
32 Buick LaCrosse 10,339 6,090 46 76,651 31
33 VW Santana Vista 9,853 9,859 24 71,468 34
34 Hyundai Verna 9,776 5,992 49 15,768 97
35 VW Tiguan 9,633 9,317 27 46,742 56
36 Audi A6L 9,415 9,711 25 86,186 23
37 Toyota Corolla EX 9,261 6,071 47 51,028 48
38 ChangAn Benben Mini 9,119 2,780 106 16,934 93
39 Hyundai ix35 8,975 8,161 35 33,595 74
40 Honda Civic 8,835 7,615 37 78,153 30
41 Chery Cowin 3 8,724 5,671 54 14,395 102
42 Brilliance FRV 8,337 6,070 48 63,873 38
43 Zotye 5008/2008 8,311 8,374 33 36,272 73
44 Mazda6 8,005 8,374 32 66,228 35
45 Toyota RAV4 7,907 8,286 34 71,885 33
46 Chery Fulwin 2 7,867 5,879 51 48,166 54
47 Chery Cowin 2 7,692 7,120 41 47,977 55
48 Buick Regal 7,669 5,445 64 58,551 43
49 Great Wall Tengyi C30 7,620 7,485 39 19,337 87
50 Toyota Highlander 7,511 5,886 50 60,041 40

Source: www.chooseauto.com.cn

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