BEIJING – China’s automobile sales in September increased 5.66 percent from the same period of the previous year to 2.71 million units, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on October 12.
Passenger vehicle sales reached 2,342,600 units, up 3.27 percent, while commercial vehicle sales reached 366,600 units, up 23.94 percent.
The top 10 automakers by sales in September were SAIC, Dongfeng, FAW, Chang’an, BAIC, GAC, Geely, Great Wall, Brilliance and Chery. Combined sales of these 10 companies reached about 2.41 million units, accounting for 88.95 percent of total automobile sales.
Passenger car sales increased 3.74 percent to 1,161,200 units compared with last year. The top 10 passenger car makers by sales in September were FAW-VW, SAIC-VW, SAIC-GM, Dongfeng-Nissan, Chang’an-Ford, Beijing-Hyundai, Geely, FAW-Toyota, GAC-Honda and GAC-Toyota. Combined sales of these 10 companies reached about 849,300 units, accounting for 73.14 percent of total passenger car sales. The Volkswagen Lavida maintained the first spot on the list of sales of the top 10 car models and also was the bestselling passenger vehicle model in September by selling 59,700 units in the month, followed by the Nissan Sylphy (39,800 units) and the Volkswagen Sagitar (39,400 units).
Sales of SUVs slowed with a year-on-year growth rate of 10.45 percent to 970,800 units. The top 10 SUV makers by sales in September were Great Wall, Chang’an, Geely, SAIC-GM-Wuling, SAIC-VW, Dongfeng-Nissan, GAC Motor, SAIC-GM, Dongfeng-Honda and SAIC PC. Combined sales of these 10 companies reached 517,300 units, accounting for 53.28 percent of total SUV sales. The Haval H6 kept the first place on the list of sales of the top 10 SUV models in September again.
MPV sales were down 25.10 percent to 165,900 units. The top 10 MPV makers by sales in September were SAIC-GM-Wuling, Chang’an, SAIC-GM, Dongfeng, Dongfeng-Honda, BAIC Yinxiang, JAC, BAIC Motor, Jinbei Auto and GAC-Honda, with combined sales of 144,500 units, which took up 87.10 percent of total MPV sales.
Microvan sales reached 44,600 units, down 8.06 percent.
In the commercial vehicle market, bus sales reached 47,300 units, up 7.46 percent, while truck sales reached 319,300 units, up 26.82 percent.
New energy vehicle sales reached 78,000 units, up 79.10 percent. New energy passenger vehicle sales reached 61,000 units, up 96.90 percent, while new energy commercial vehicle sales reached 17,000 units, up 35.30 percent.