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China March 2011: FAW Xiali N-Series grabs the pole position Discover the Top 150 best selling models

April 14, 2011 Leave a comment

FAW Xiali N5

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The Chinese car market continues to take a breather after the extravagant growth of 2010, up 5% in March at 1,828,500 vehicles and 8% over the first quarter at 4,983,800. Passenger vehicle sales are up 6% in March at 1,347,600 units.

For the first time since the launch of the N5 last year, the FAW Xiali N-Series takes the lead at 24,060 sales, and by the same token climbs to #1 year-to-date at 64,250 units. The VW Lavida drops to #2 at 22,265 sales and #3 in 2011 at 62,605 sales, and the veteran VW Jetta is #3 at 21,419 but #2 in 2011 at 63,033.

Honda CR-V

The Buick Excelle is solid in 4th place at 19,242 units, above the Ford Focus in very good shape at #5 with 18,247 sales. The BYD F3 continues to slide down, #10 this month and #5 year-to-date. The best selling SUV is the Honda CR-V, up 13 spots on February at #11 with 15,156 sales.

The Nissan Sunny continues its progression and ranks 13th with 13,865 units changing hands, the ChangAn Benben Mini is holding very well at #21 and the Mazda6 gains 48 spots at #24 with 12,104 sales.

Full Top 150 Ranking Table below.

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China: 1986-2009 Historical Data now available

April 8, 2011 2 comments

2004 VW Jetta

Chinese historical data up to 1986 is now available on Best Selling Cars. This 25 year period in China is definitely one of the most interesting in the history of automobile, sales in the country going from virtually nothing to 18 million cars nowadays!

1986 marks the local production launch of the VW Santana, the very car that would set the ground work for China’s motorisation, with over 3 million units produced in 25 years. Witness the Santana pass the relay to the VW Jetta in the mid-nineties, the Jetta leading for over a decade and surviving to this day with a second facelift in 2010 and 2 million units produced.

1986 VW Santana

Discover the intense fight between the Jetta, Buick Excelle, Hyundai Elantra and Tianjin Xiali in the mid-noughties, leading to the crowning of the BYD F3 in 2009.

Click on ‘Read more’ below for the direct links to these 10 new posts.

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China February 2011: VW Lavida #1, Tiguan in Top 10, Sunny up

March 18, 2011 Leave a comment

VW Tiguan

* See the Top 150 best selling models by clicking on ‘Read more’ below the Nissan Sunny pic! *

Chinese vehicles sales were up ‘only’ 5% in February at 1.26 million units, penalised by the week-long Lunar New Year festivities. The VW Lavida takes the lead for the fourth time in 10 months with 16,483 sales, however due to weaker Feb figures is only #4 year-to-date at 40,340 sales.

The BYD F3 falls to #8 but stays #1 year-to-date at 42,108 units. Two models that have quietly crept up the ranking recently reach their best-ever position this month: the Chevrolet Cruze is #2 at 15,181 units and the VW Bora is #4 with 14,408 sales.

The best performance of the month goes to the VW Tiguan, breaking into the Top 10 for the first time ever in China at #9 with 11,680 sales. The Nissan Sunny has a stellar second month of sales with 9,321 units moved at #17, + 21 spots on January.

Full Top 150 Ranking Table and Top 5 LCV’s below, many thanks to DC from for sharing the data!

Nissan Sunny

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China January 2011: BYD F3 on top, Nissan Sunny launches Discover the Top 150 best selling models

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment

Nissan Sunny

This month is the biggest month ever for Chinese car sales: 1.894 million vehicles changed hands including 1.529 million passenger cars, up 14% on an already record-breaking January ’10. This is also possibly the biggest single month ever in any country in the world. 47 models sold more than 10,000 units, the highest figure ever reached by any country on the planet.

Behind the BYD F3, #1 again with 29,731 registrations, 4 models beat their volume record: the FAW Xiali N3/N5 is at 29,267 sales, the Buick Excelle is at 28,149 units in #3, the Chevrolet Cruze moves 24,225 units at #5 and the VW Bora sells 23,949 at #6.

#3 in December, the Great Wall Tengyi C30 is strong again this month, ranking 11th with 18,283 sales. The Buick Excelle XT/GT and Kia Forte Furuidi both break into the Top 20, respectively at #16 with 16,343 sales and #19 with 13,947 sales. The new Nissan Sunny is above 10,000 units for its very first month of sales at #38 with 10,811 registrations.

Full January Top 150 and LCV Top 5 Ranking Tables below.

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China LCV’s Full Year 2010: 755,000 Wuling Sunshine sold!

January 27, 2011 2 comments

Wuling Sunshine

The Chinese Light Commercial Vehicles sales figures are as impressive as ever, with the overall market up 25% at 5,278,135 units, and the best seller being the Wuling Sunshine with 754,961 units sold, up 8%. It was named by Forbes “the most important car on earth” as it could save General Motors, linked with manufacturer SAIC Wuling.

As always 2 figures for comparison: the Ford F Series sold 528,349 units in the USA this year, and the VW Golf sold 492,556 in the whole of Europe! The ChangAn Mini Bus is #2 with 515,355 sales, up 26%. Top 5 Chinese LCVs in detail below.

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China December 2010: Great Wall Tengyi #3, BYD F3 #1 in 2010 Now with Top 200 best selling models in 2010

January 18, 2011 1 comment


*Thanks to DC at for the Full Year 2010 Top 200! See ‘Read more’ below*

This month, 3 Chinese models land in the Top 6, a feat rare enough to be noticed. The BYD F3, after months spent outside the podium, comes back to #1 to cap off a fantastic year: it is the best selling car in China in 2010 with 263,947 sales. It was #1 in January, February, March, May and December.

Known for its SUVs and pick-ups, Great Wall establishes itself as a generalist car manufacturer with the Tengyi C30 sedan which enters the very short list of Chinese cars having featured on the podium in their own country. Launched in June, it is #3 this month with a very impressive 24,723 sales. Lastly, the FAW Xiali N3/N5 continues its good run at #6 both in December and in 2010.

The VW Lavida stays above 25k monthly sales and finishes the year in 2nd place with 251,615 units. It was #1 in June, October & November. The Hyundai Elantra Yuedong is #3 (233,344 sales), followed by the VW Jetta (224,523 sales, #1 in April, July & August) and Buick Excelle (222,494, #1 in September).

Full Year 2010 Top 200, Top 10 in pictures & December 2010 Top 100: click on ‘Read more’ below.

Great Wall Tengyi C30

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China LCV’s November 2010: ChangAn Minibus takes the lead

December 29, 2010 Leave a comment

ChangAn Minibus

Chinese workers bought 467,639 new Light Commercial Vehicles in November, up 21% year-on-year. The total over 11 months 2010 is 4,829,785 units, up 25% on 2009.

Big movement this month: the ChangAn Minibus takes the pole position with 54,795 sales, up an impressive 52% over Nov 09, ahead of the Wuling Sunshine at 46,682 sales (-33%) which however stays #1 YTD at 708,941 units sold (+12%). The ChangAn is #2 at 478,425 (+24%).

This is to be compared with the 37,616 VW Golf sold in 27 European countries in November (458,258 over 11 months) and the 38,541 Ford F Series sold in the USA (473,461 in 11 months).

Full Top 5 Ranking Table here: Read more…