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China heavy-duty truck sales increase 29 percent in November

BEIJING – China sold 63,000 heavy-duty trucks in November, up 29 percent compared with the 49,000 units sold last year, and up 4 percent on a monthly basis, reported

Sales of Dongfeng, FAW, CNHTC and Foton all exceeded 10,000 units in the month. These four companies sold 13,400, 11,500, 10,000 and 10,000 units respectively, up 38, 41, 38 and 38 percent from the same period of the previous year. Shaanxi Auto, JAC, SAIC-Iveco-Hongyan and Hualing achieved sales increase of 16, 21 and 61 percent. Baotou Beiben still remained as the only mainstream enterprise that saw sales decline in November to 1,050 units, down 44 percent on a yearly basis.

The whole industry sold 690,800 heavy-duty trucks in the first 11 months of the year, up 18 percent from the same period of 2012, and 54,800 units more compared with the 636,000 units sold in the entire year of 2012. It is quite possible that the whole year sales in 2013 will exceed 700,000 units, and may reach a scale of 750,000-760,000 units, predicted Xie Guangyao, chief editor of  

Moreover, the heavy-duty truck market will witness a change of pattern with Dongfeng, FAW, CNHTC and Foton becoming the first camp enterprises, said Xie. As the undoubted dominator, Dongfeng sold 144,800 units through November, up 18 percent on a yearly basis. FAW, CNHTC, and Foton sold 118,200, 109,900 and 104,300 units from January to November, up 22, 11 and 30 percent year-on-year.

Shaanxi Auto in the second camp saw a sales increase of 12 percent to 87,100 units, up 12 percent year-on-year.

In the third group, JAC, SAIC-Iveco-Hongyan and CAMC Hualing sold 30,500, 23,700 and 21,300 units in the past 11 months, up 25, 56 and 54 percent respectively. Baotou Beiben sold 16,700 units in the first 11 months, down 27 percent compared with the 23,000 units sold in the last year.

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