Sales of locally produced A0-class passenger cars (not including MPVs and SUVs) in China rose by 6.68 percent on a yearly basis to 1,794,978 units in 2012, which accounted for 17.7 percent of the total car sales, according to CBU-Autostats.
The combined sales of the Top 10 models reached 1,069,068 units, or nearly 60 percent of the total A0-class sales (Table 1).
Sales of Chinese brand A0-class cars totaled 624,925 units, down 6 percent, and their market share was 34.8 percent, down 2.7 percentage points compared to 2011.
The combined sales of Top 10 Chinese brand models were 466,136 units, accounting for 74.6 percent of the total A0-class car sales (Table 2).
Tianjin-FAW-Xiali remained market leader in the segment among Chinese brands, but its sales dropped 23.66 percent to 183,519 units. Sales of Geely were 125,346 units, down 15 percent and that of Chery 90,486 units, down 23.46 percent.
Thanks to the good performance of the Kia K2 hatchback, which was launched in February 2012, sales of locally produced Korean A0-class cars grew significantly by 53 percent to 349,956 units. Their market share reached 19.5 percent, up nearly 6 percentage points (Table 3).
Beijing-Hyundai sales in this segment were 200,648 units, up 37.2 percent and those of Dongfeng- Yueda-Kia 149,308 units, up 80.8 percent.
Sales of American A0-class cars increased by 12.84 percent to 326,738 units, accounting for 18.2 percent of the total, 1 percentage point higher than that in 2011 (Table 4). Shanghai-GM sold a total of 274,731 A0-class cars under its Chevrolet marque, up 21.8 percent.
By contrast, Japanese brands in this segment experienced a depressed year in 2012. Their sales were down 11 percent to 224,603 units with the market share of 12.5 percent, a decline of 2.5 percentage points compared to 2011 (Table 5).
Of the Japanese brands, Suzuki took the first place with sales at 154,037 units, down 9.8 percent.
Sales of locally produced German A0-class cars grew by 12.65 percent to 219,847 units, and their market share rose slightly by 0.6 percentage point to 12.2 percent (Table 6).
Sales of French brands in this segment dropped 5 percent to 48,909 units, with a market share of 2.7 percent (Table 7).