Shanghai (Gasgoo)- China's PV wholesales volume declined 6.3% over the previous year to 1,929,167 units in September, while jumped 17% compared with the Aug. performance, according to the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).
For the first nine months, automakers in China sold a total of 15,273,279 PVs, a year-on-year decrease of 11.3%, said the association.
PVs in this report refer to cars, MPVs, SUVs and minibuses locally produced in China.
The Vehicle Inventory Alert Index (VIA), which reflects the inventory pressure of Chinese automobile dealers, stood at 58.6% in September, down by 0.8 percentage points over the previous month and 0.3 percentage points over the previous year, according to the China Automobile Dealers Association (CADA).
As of September, the VIA has exceeded an official warning threshold for 21 consecutive months. Automobile dealers offered greater discounts to sell more cars as they strived to fulfill their quarterly tasks in the last month of the third quarter. However, the effect was really limited.
There were eight car models among the top 10 PV models by September wholesale volume. The Haval H6 was the only SUV model that entered the top 10 list, while still posted a year-on-year sales downturn.
China's car wholesale volume fell 7.5% over the prior-year to 924,042 units in September. Year-to-date car sales amounted to 7,401,769 units, representing a double digit drop of 12%.
All of top 10 car models by Sept. wholesale volume were from joint ventures. The Geely Emgrand, which was ranked tenth in August, dropped to the 17th last month.
The Lavida was crowned the best-selling PV model and car model. Sales volume of the SAIC Volkswagen's popular car model reached 49,387 units, 6,365 units more than that of the runner-up Sylphy.
（Photo source: Dongfeng Nissan)
Hitting the market in July, the 14th-generation Sylphy accounted for around 48% of total Sylphy's Sept. sales. It seems that the all-new model scarcely boosted the overall sales.
The Corolla reappeared in the top 10 list last month after slumping to the 21th in August. The 11% year-on-year sales growth indicates that the all-new TNGA-based Corolla is gradually gaining consumers' affection.
A total of 851,312 SUVs were sold by China's automakers in September, down by 3.2% from the year-ago period. For the first nine months, China's SUV sales dipped 8.6% to 6,636,400 units.
Joint-venture models that entered the top 10 SUV model list by Sept. wholesale volume were the Tayron, the Tiguan, the CR-V, the XR-V, the X-TRAIL and the Qashqai.
In spite of a 10.7% decline, the Haval H6 still hold its championship with a 9,618-unit advantage over the runner-up.
Following the Haval H6, the Tayron got a sales volume exceeding 20,000 units, a tremendous growth of 2215.8% from the previous year.
(Photo source: Changan Automobile)
Besides, SAIC Volkswagen's Tiguan fell to the 6th place, outperformed by the Changan CS75. At the Chengdu Motor Show, the CS75 PLUS officially went on sales, to some degree stemming a severer decline to the automaker's overall sales.
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