The Chinese passenger automobile market underwent some interesting changes in the month of May. According to statistics reported on by Gasgoo.com (Chinese), a total of 1.7 million passenger automobiles were sold in the country during the month, down a slight 1.6% from the amount sold the previous May. The VW Lavida made a resurgence this month; the sedan ranked as the month’s best-selling passenger automobile, with total sales of 37,600 units. The SAIC-GM-Wuling was displaced from first place, ranking behind the Lavida with monthly sales of 36,500 units. In third place was the Great Wall Haval H6, with sales of 35,300 units. The gap between the third and fourth best-selling models was nearly 30,000 units.
Sedan sales in May totaled 836,700 units, representing a year-on-year decrease of 9.1%. The leading sedan model of the month, the Lavida, achieved slightly sales growth of 4.3%, above the market average. The Buick New Excelle, sales of which only increased in 0.7% year-on-year, was overtaken by the Nissan Bluebird Sylphy, whose sales grew 13.1% year-on-year.
Although several of VW’s models ranked in the top 20, only one of its models, the New Magotan, managed double-digit year-on-year sales growth. Among own brand models, the Geely Emgrand EC7 (14,200 units sold), Chery Arrizo 5 (10,500 units) and SAIC-GM-Wuling Baojun 310 (9,100 units) all performed respectably well.
A total of 723,500 SUVs were sold in May, up 13.5% year-on-year. The Great Wall Haval H6 continues to dominate the SUV market, despite its sales decreasing 5.8% year-on-year. However, the Guangqi Trumpchi GS4 is catching up, with its sales growing 7.1% year-on-year. The gap between the two models is less than 4,000 units. In third place was the VW Tiguan, sales of which grew a full 71.1%. The new SAIC-GM-Wuling 510 performed very strongly, ranking fourth with total sales of 24,100 units.
Own brands controlled the majority of the SUV market. The only luxury SUVs to make the top 20 were the Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz GLC.
MPV sales in May totaled 142,700 units, down 17.1% year-on-year. Sales of the Hongguang fell a full 19.3% year-on-year. Sales of the Hongguang totaled 36,500 units. Sales of the second best-selling MPV of the month, the Baojun 730, was less than half of the Hongguang. Baojun 730 sales totaled 16,100 units, growing 14.2% year-on-year.
As usual, own brands dominated the MPV segment, with nine of the top 10 best-selling models being domestic brands. The only foreign brand to make the top 10 was the Buick GL8, sales of which totaled 13,200 units.
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