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New record: China sells more than 28 million automobiles in 2016

BEIJING – China sold more than 28 million automobiles in 2016, up 13.65 percent from 2015, according to data released by China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) on January 12.

Passenger vehicle sales increased 14.9 percent to 24.38 million units, including 17.61 million units with engine displacement of 1.6L and below, up 21.4 percent. Commercial vehicle sales rose 5.8 percent to 3.65 million units.

In December, auto sales were up 9.47 percent to a record 3.06 million units. Passenger vehicle sales reached 2.67 million units, up 9.09 percent, while commercial vehicle sales reached 385,100 units, up 12.14 percent.

The top 10 automakers by sales in December were SAIC, Dongfeng, BAIC, Chang’an, FAW, GAC, Great Wall, Geely, Chery and Brilliance. Combined sales of these 10 companies reached about 2.65 million units, accounting for 86.84 percent of total automobile sales.

A total of around 1,254,600 passenger cars were sold in December, down 2.27 percent compared with last year. The top 10 passenger car makers by sales in December were SAIC-VW, SAIC-GM, FAW-VW, Beijing-Hyundai, Dongfeng-Nissan, Chang’an-Ford, Geely, Dongfeng-Yueda-Kia, DPCA and FAW-Toyota. Combined sales of these 10 companies reached about 898,100 units, accounting for 71.58 percent of total passenger car sales. The Nissan Sylphy ranked first again on the list of sales of the top 10 car models in December by selling 43,800 units in the month, followed by the Volkswagen Lavida (37,600 units) and the Volkswagen Santana (34,400 units).

Sales of SUVs kept surging with a year-on-year growth rate of 35.61 percent to 1,082,100 units. The top 10 SUV makers by sales in December were Great Wall, SAIC-GM, Chang’an, Beijing-Hyundai, Dongfeng-Nissan, Geely, Chery, GAC Motor, SAIC-GM-Wuling and SAIC-VW. Combined sales of these 10 companies reached 511,500 units, accounting for 47.27 percent of total SUV sales.

MPV sales were down 0.51 percent to 271,700 units. The top 10 MPV makers by sales in December were SAIC-GM-Wuling, Dongfeng, BAIC Yinxiang, Chang’an, BAIC Motor, SAIC-GM, Jinbei Auto, SAIC-VW, Dongfeng-Honda and JAC, with combined sales of 244,700 units, which took up 90.04 percent of total MPV sales.

Microvan sales reached 63,800 units, down 32.6 percent.

Among commercial vehicles, bus sales reached 67,000 units, down 9.92 percent, while truck sales reached 318,100 units, up 18.24 percent.

The top 10 automakers by sales in 2016 were SAIC, Dongfeng, FAW, Chang’an, BAIC, GAC, Great Wall, Geely, Brilliance and Chery. Combined sales of these 10 companies reached about 24.76 million units, accounting for 88.34 percent of total automobile sales.

CAAM predicted auto sales in 2017 would increase by 5 percent to 29.4 million units.

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