Best-Selling Models in January

Auto sales in the first month of 2013 soared 46.38% from a year earlier to 2,034,500, according to China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM). The passenger car market expanded 48.68% to 1,725,500, while sales of buses and trucks reached 309,000 on a 34.75% increase.

Analysts say the high growth may be illusory as some automakers, notably Shanghai-Volkswagen, "hid" sales in the last month of 2012 and added them to January’s count–purportedly to create the impression that they were off to a flying start.

The top ten passenger car makers in January are (the data below are from China Passenger Car Association):

1. Shanghai-GM: 161,426

2. Shanghai-Volkswagen: 160,018

3. FAW-Volkswagen: 140,638

4. SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW): 137,626

5. Beijing-Hyundai: 107,888

6. Changan Auto: 100,885

7. Dongfeng-Nissan: 76,258

8. Geely: 60,453

9. Great Wall Motor: 60,035

10. Chery: 58,707

Top 20 best-selling sedans
Rank Models Makers Deliveries
1 VW Lavida Shanghai-VW 48,267
2 Buick Excelle Shanghai-GM 30,264
3 Chevy Sail, sedan version Shanghai-GM 27,941
4 VW Passat Shanghai-VW 27,930
5 VW-Sagitar FAW-VW 26,184
6 Hyundai Verna Beijing-Hyundai 25,684
7 Nissan Sylphy Dongfeng-Nissan 24,769
8 Chevy Cruze Shanghai-GM 24,477
9 VW Jetta FAW-VW 24,033
10 Hyundai Elantra Yuedong Beijing-Hyundai 23,882
11 Hyundai Elantra Langdong Beijing-Hyundai 22,177
12 VW Bora FAW-VW 20,045
13 Chery QQ Chery 18,622
14 Emgrand EC7 Geely 18,516
15 Buick Excelle GT Shanghai-GM 17,873
16 VW Magotan FAW-VW 17,273
17 Great Wall C30 Great Wall 17,238
18 Ford Focus, sedan version Changan-Ford 16,944
19 Audi A6 FAW-VW 16,706
20 Ford Focus, hatchback version Changan-Ford 16,688

 

Top 15 best-selling SUVs
Rank Models Makers Deliveries
1 VW Tiguan Shanghai-VW 21,818
2 Great Wall Haval H6 Great Wall 16,621
3 Honda CR-V Dongfeng-Honda 15,800
4 Hyundai ix35 Beijing-Hyundai 12,316
5 Great Wall Haval M4 Great Wall 10,649
6 BYD S6 BYD 10,425
7 Lifan X60 Lifan 9,273
8 Nissan Qashqai Dongfeng-Nissan 8,723
9 Audi Q5 FAW-VW 8,475
10 Hyundai Tucson Beijing-Hyundai 8,427
11 Toyota Highlander GAC-Toyota 8,025
12 Kia Sportage R Dongfeng- Yueda-Kia 7,887
13 Buick Encore Shanghai-GM 7,881
14 Toyota RAV4 FAW-VW 7,668
15 Tiggo Chery 7,538

 

Top 10 best-selling MPVs
Rank Models Maker Deliveries
1 Dongfeng Fengxing Lingzhi Dongfeng 11,129
2 Dongfeng Fengxing Joyear Dongfeng 9,009
3 Buick GL8 Shanghai-GM 5,575
4 JAC Refine JAC 5,461
5 FAW Senya (Daihatsu Xenia) FAW 4,387
6 JAC J6 JAC 3,958
7 Touran Shanghai-VW 3,857
8 Dongfeng Succe Dongfeng-Nissan 2,374
9 Honda Odyssey GAC-Honda 1,859
10 Haima Freema FAW-Haima 1,561