BEIJING – China’s automobile sales in August increased 5.27 percent from the same period of the previous year to 2.19 million units, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on September 11.
Passenger vehicle sales reached 1,875,200 units, up 4.12 percent, while commercial vehicle sales reached 310,800 units, up 12.81 percent.
The top 10 automakers by sales in August were SAIC, Dongfeng, FAW, Chang’an, BAIC, GAC, Geely, Great Wall, Brilliance and Chery. Combined sales of these 10 companies reached about 1.93 million units, accounting for 88.29 percent of total automobile sales.
After a slump of five consecutive months, passenger car sales increased 1.58 percent to 933,000 units compared with last year. The top 10 passenger car makers by sales in August were FAW-VW, SAIC-GM, SAIC-VW, Dongfeng-Nissan, Chang’an-Ford, Geely, Beijing-Hyundai, FAW-Toyota, GAC-Honda and GAC-Toyota. Combined sales of these 10 companies reached about 694,000 units, accounting for 74.38 percent of total passenger car sales. The Volkswagen Lavida ranked first on the list of sales of the top 10 car models in August by selling 38,400 units in the month, followed by the Buick Excelle (36,400 units) and the Nissan Sylphy (35,600 units).
Sales of SUVs slowed with a year-on-year growth rate of 17.71 percent to 773,800 units. The top 10 SUV makers by sales in August were Great Wall, Chang’an, Geely, SAIC-GM-Wuling, Dongfeng-Nissan, GAC Motor, SAIC-VW, SAIC-GM, Dongfeng-Honda and SAIC PC. Combined sales of these 10 companies reached 416,400 units, accounting for 53.81 percent of total SUV sales. The Haval H6 kept first place on the list of sales of the top 10 SUV models and also was the bestselling passenger vehicle model in August.
MPV sales were down 23.44 percent to 138,100 units. The top 10 MPV makers by sales in August were SAIC-GM-Wuling, Chang’an, SAIC-GM, Dongfeng, Dongfeng-Honda, BAIC Yinxiang, JAC, GAC-Honda, BAIC Motor and Jinbei Auto, with combined sales of 119,700 units, which took up 86.70 percent of total MPV sales.
Microvan sales reached 30,300 units, down 32.34 percent.
In the commercial vehicle market, bus sales reached 42,900 units, down 0.31 percent, while truck sales reached 268,000 units, up 15.23 percent.
New energy vehicle sales reached 68,000 units, up 76.30 percent. New energy passenger vehicle sales reached 55,000 units, up 81.10 percent, while new energy commercial vehicle sales reached 13,000 units, up 58.10 percent.