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China imports 1.42 million vehicles in 2014

China imported 1.42 million vehicles in 2014, up 21.6 percent from the previous year, according to data released by China Automobile Trading Co., Ltd. on January 27.

The growth rate declined for four straight quarters from 35.8 percent in the first quarter to 10.2 percent in the fourth quarter (October-November period).

Imported SUVs increased 24.5 percent from a year earlier, accounting for 63.3 percent of total imported passenger vehicles.

The number of imported cars and MPVs rose 18.2 and 11.9 percent respectively after a year-on-year decline in 2013.

The share of A-class vehicles in total imported passenger vehicles was 32.2 percent, the fourth consecutive year increase from 25.6 percent in 2011.

The share of German brand vehicles in total passenger vehicles imported to China declined to 37.9 percent in 2014 from 41.6 percent in 2013, while that of American brand vehicles increased from 12.6 percent in 2013 to 16.4 percent in 2014.

Infiniti enjoyed the highest growth rate of 130 percent among all imported brands, followed by Dodge (64.4 percent) and Jeep (56.7 percent).

Top 10 imported models by sales in 2014

Rank

Model

Sales (in units)

1

Toyota Prado

41,665

2

Lexus ES

35,249

3

Jeep Campass

34,737

4

Land Rover Range Rover Evoque

31,441

5

Land Rover Range Rover

31,001

6

Subaru Forester

30,720

7

BMW X5

30,675

8

BMW X3

30,516

9

Volvo XC60

29,424

10

Mercedes-Benz ML

25,542

 

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