China Auto Sales in December hit the highest month ever booming 17%.

China Auto Sales

China Auto Sales in December hit the highest month ever booming 17% and ending a great Q4 pushed up by 50% small engine displacement tax cut. Honda was second and Nissan jumped in third, the best place ever.

Economic Outlook

Latest economic data suggest that the economy has slowly started to stabilize following the massive stimulus measures Chinese authorities had launched after the summer stock market crash. In November, retail sales continued to gain traction, while growth in all-important fixed-asset investment was stable for the first time since June.

On 30 November, the IMF decided to include the yuan in the Special Drawing Rights (SDR) basket. The yuan will join the elite currency club starting from 1 October 2016 and, while a strong immediate impact is not expected, this represents a major backing of China’s economic reforms.

Meanwhile, later this month, Chinese authorities will gather in the annual Central Economic Work Conference to set the tone for next year’s economic policies and establish the economic targets. Rekindling economic growth, measures to reactivate the property sector and a clearer roadmap for economic reforms are expected to be at the top of the agenda.

Market Outlook

Vehicles market rebounded in the Q4 2015 following the October 5th introduction of 50% tax cut on vehicles with engine displacements of 1.6 liter or smaller and flied up a whopping 18% in December to 2.85 million light vehicles, the highest sales month ever.

Indeed, according to data released by the C.A.A.M., (China Association of Automobile Manufacturers) the total new light passengers vehicles sold in December have been 2.845.0000, up 16.9% from December 2014.

The full year 2015 sales have been very near the 25 million, with 24.983.329 units, up 6.0% from the previous year, fixing the new All Time record at the highest level ever achieved by a single market.

China actually is not only the largest World automotive market but represents the 27.8% of global sales.

Competitive Arena

In December Volkswagen rushed up ending a wonderful Q4 with 235.776 sales (+29.4%), not enough to avoid to end the year down 2% from last year at 2.73 million units with market share declined at 10.9%.

Honda was second with 156.571 (+8.7%) ahead of the other Japanese Nissan advanced in third step with 135.692 sales (+53.4%) launching the new Lannia and with the Sylphy in the best ever place.

Wuling, in fourth  place sold 129.630 units (+0.4%), followed by Hyundai with 128.416 (+9.5%), Buick with 128.134 (+35.6%), Ford with 110.291 (+47.6%) and Toyota with 110.035 (-6.2%).

As far as the groups performance, the leader was again Volkswagen Group with market share dropped at 11.5%, followed by General Motors with 7.7%, Hyundai-Kia with 7.7% and SAIC  with 6.1%.

As far as the top best-selling models, the Wuling Hongguang was again the N°1 with 76.744 units (+1.1%) followed by the Baojun 730 with 47.690 (+51.5%), the Volkswagen Lavida with 44.478 (+57.6%), the Great Wall Haval H6 with 42.553 (+35.6%), the Nissan Sylphy with 41.802 (+27.0%) and the Hyundai Elantra with 37.134 (-10.4%).

As far as the full best-selling models ranking in the 2015, the details on the top 100 models are reported here.

Below, you can sort our interactive tables to see data regarding Brands, Groups and Models. Please bear in mind that sales data are subject to adjustments as sources will update their information. This report is updated at the publishing date and will not be modified while the next on this subject will always have the year to date data updated.

 

Rank DecRank 2015BrandSales DecSales 2015Dec Var2015 VarShare DecShare 2015
11Volkswagen235.7762.737.40829,4%-2,0%8,4%10,9%
42Wuling129.6901.512.2750,4%-6,9%4,6%6,0%
113ChangAn97.9301.305.73427,9%14,9%3,5%5,2%
54Hyundai128.4161.074.3739,5%-5,3%4,5%4,3%
85Toyota110.0351.064.841-6,2%5,5%3,9%4,3%
66Buick128.1341.037.50635,6%13,0%4,5%4,1%
27Honda156.751997.3778,7%25,3%5,6%4,0%
108Great Wall99.563938.7308,5%9,3%3,5%3,8%
79Ford110.291904.81347,6%9,5%3,9%3,6%
310Nissan135.692835.55753,4%-2,9%4,8%3,3%
911Dongfeng101.883782.66121,6%1,9%3,6%3,1%
1212Kia88.480644.10927,3%-4,6%3,1%2,6%
1513Chevrolet78.922636.962-16,8%-17,0%2,8%2,5%
2014Audi51.503580.858-13,1%0,3%1,8%2,3%
1615Geely75.245545.72928,5%28,2%2,7%2,2%
1716Jac70.305532.5364,2%29,5%2,5%2,1%
1417Beijing82.969508.705128,6%72,5%2,9%2,0%
1318Baojun83.958502.872-41,2%-48,8%3,0%2,0%
2519BMW39.943460.8927,5%12,2%1,4%1,8%
1820BYD59.911454.17113,6%3,8%2,1%1,8%
2121Chery50.990424.499-20,9%-3,5%1,8%1,7%
2222Mercedes42.622412.238103,0%54,3%1,5%1,6%
2323Peugeot42.211408.64327,6%5,4%1,5%1,6%
3224Foton26.517389.414-20,0%-7,2%0,9%1,6%
6325OTHERS2.064387.660-101,3%-133,6%0,1%1,5%
1926Jinbei53.465332.87819,9%0,5%1,9%1,3%
2427Citroen40.287322.77236,4%5,1%1,4%1,3%
2628Skoda33.881288.13913,5%1,5%1,2%1,2%
2729Faw33.604276.1178,5%-4,2%1,2%1,1%
3930Brilliance12.995267.859-54,1%48,9%0,5%1,1%
3531Mazda18.210227.939-27,0%10,7%0,6%0,9%
5732Changhe4.761221.267-87,7%-21,8%0,2%0,9%
2833Zotye32.596213.54851,5%42,2%1,2%0,9%
3034Suzuki28.785203.066-10,8%-24,1%1,0%0,8%
3435GAC24.620199.111-5,6%54,9%0,9%0,8%
3336Haima26.167181.4270,0%-22,1%0,9%0,7%
3637JMC16.101174.404-27,1%-8,3%0,6%0,7%
3138Lifan27.813173.7110,5%-40,4%1,0%0,7%
3739Venucia15.472123.77222,6%8,5%0,5%0,5%
4840Changfeng8.357105.742-53,8%-35,6%0,3%0,4%
2941Roewe30.87499.639101,8%-22,0%1,1%0,4%
3842Jeep14.83795.679101,9%7,7%0,5%0,4%
5243Lexus5.82089.77313,6%22,8%0,2%0,4%
4144Mitsubishi10.76584.5106,2%-11,3%0,4%0,3%
4745Volvo8.68680.40520,4%-1,0%0,3%0,3%
5446Land Rover5.54380.103-31,4%-21,6%0,2%0,3%
4647Isuzu9.10372.6655,8%-29,6%0,3%0,3%
4948Hawtai7.87371.172-19,3%34,2%0,3%0,3%
4449Cadillac9.88271.140211,6%65,3%0,4%0,3%
4350MG9.88670.37761,8%34,8%0,4%0,3%
4051Soueast12.26368.56577,6%24,3%0,4%0,3%
5552Luxgen5.50860.31511,1%15,5%0,2%0,2%
5853Porsche4.34057.752-18,0%24,7%0,2%0,2%
4554Karry9.28450.1043300,7%881,7%0,3%0,2%
5955Infiniti4.16443.18866,6%44,0%0,1%0,2%
5056Landwind6.79843.099105,7%26,8%0,2%0,2%
6057Subaru3.25541.692-29,5%-24,8%0,1%0,2%
5658Yema5.49540.783105,4%26,2%0,2%0,2%
8859Gonow24133.646-96,2%-43,5%0,0%0,1%
6260ZX Auto2.44133.325-15,3%-3,6%0,1%0,1%
6161Fiat2.53731.684-70,3%-53,5%0,1%0,1%
6562Huanghai1.77723.153-4,3%-4,7%0,1%0,1%
6663Mini1.59920.182-65,0%-63,2%0,1%0,1%
6764Renault1.56619.954-7,0%-1,3%0,1%0,1%
6865Dodge1.49218.380-4,4%-1,8%0,1%0,1%
6966Zhongxing1.46217.52564,2%0,1%0,1%
7567Shandong97116.958-40,0%-12,7%0,0%0,1%
7468Jaguar97816.677-45,2%-22,2%0,0%0,1%
6469Qoros2.00114.24792,6%107,5%0,1%0,1%
7270Maxus1.27913.98542,1%289,8%0,0%0,1%
7371Smart1.20013.3090,0%-7,6%0,0%0,1%
5372BAW5.79311.975-87,3%-97,7%0,2%0,0%
9973Lianhua-11.581-100,0%-82,0%0,0%0,0%
7874Lincoln85010.480-4,5%-1,9%0,0%0,0%
7075FQT1.45310.380116,2%28,7%0,1%0,0%
4276Huasong9.9969.9960,4%0,0%
7177Jiangnan1.3559.188-26,6%-32,9%0,0%0,0%
7978Maserati6498.586-18,8%-10,5%0,0%0,0%
8079Jonway5806.786-33,2%-0,4%0,0%0,0%
7680Wichai9326.6920,0%0,0%
5181Zhi Dou6.1646.1640,2%0,0%
8482Jiangxi3664.976-15,9%-4,7%0,0%0,0%
8583Acura3324.327-12,9%-5,4%0,0%0,0%
8384Sichuan4023.66555,2%17,9%0,0%0,0%
8985Hager1933.604-44,7%-13,9%0,0%0,0%
8186Linian4913.52162,0%-22,6%0,0%0,0%
9087Chrysler1913.1390,0%0,0%
8688SsangYong2572.9309,4%3,9%0,0%0,0%
7789Denza8722.888560,6%2087,9%0,0%0,0%
8790Tesla2422.7579,5%4,0%0,0%0,0%
8291Bentley4242.72190,1%1,9%0,0%0,0%
9292Climo1072.354-88,0%-78,6%0,0%0,0%
9193Liebao1841.502109,1%42,2%0,0%0,0%
9494Rolls Royce425250,0%4,2%0,0%0,0%
9395Ferrari4447222,2%9,3%0,0%0,0%
9596Aston Martin16213-15,8%-6,6%0,0%0,0%
9697Lamborghini10134-16,7%3,1%0,0%0,0%
9798Opel588-44,4%-18,5%0,0%0,0%
9998Beiqi-88-100,0%-26,7%0,0%0,0%
9899McLaren259-71,4%-29,8%0,0%0,0%
98100Tianqi Meya223-98,0%-88,5%0,0%0,0%
99101Hafei-19-100,0%-97,1%0,0%0,0%
Rank DecRank 2015GroupSales DecSales 2015Dec Var2015 VarShare DecShare 2015
11Volkswagen325.9343.667.01217,7%-1,0%11,5%14,7%
22General Motors216.9431.745.69612,7%1,0%7,7%7,0%
33Hyundai-Kia216.8961.718.48216,1%-5,0%7,7%6,9%
44SAIC171.7291.696.27613,3%-6,2%6,1%6,8%
57Honda157.0831.001.7048,6%25,1%5,6%4,0%
611Renault-Nissan141.422898.69952,6%-1,3%5,0%3,6%
710Dongfeng Motor117.355906.43321,7%2,8%4,2%3,6%
86Toyota115.8551.154.614-5,4%6,7%4,1%4,6%
99Ford111.141915.29347,0%9,4%3,9%3,7%
108Great Wall Motors99.563938.7308,5%9,3%3,5%3,8%
Rank DecRank 2015ModelSales DecSales 2015Dec Var2015 VarShare DecShare 2015
11Wuling Hongguang76.744655.5311,1%-12,6%3,6%3,4%
26Baojun 73047.690321.06951,5%167,4%2,3%1,7%
32Volkswagen Lavida44.478472.84157,6%-2,9%2,1%2,5%
43Haval H642.553373.22935,6%18,2%2,0%2,0%
54Nissan Sylphy41.802334.08727,0%11,3%2,0%1,8%
65Hyundai Elantra37.134323.198-10,4%-22,5%1,8%1,7%
77Toyota Corolla34.316300.641-6,5%16,8%1,6%1,6%
839Baojun 56033.039145.007#DIV/0!#DIV/0!1,6%0,8%
916Hyundai Verna31.469213.67844,5%-9,5%1,5%1,1%
1012Chevrolet Cruze29.583246.088-16,9%-8,2%1,4%1,3%
1114Chevrolet Sail27.743216.627-0,7%-14,5%1,3%1,1%
1243Honda Accord27.362128.126-6,2%18,1%1,3%0,7%
138Volkswagen Sagitar27.132279.88774,4%-6,7%1,3%1,5%
1434Kia K326.355156.03346,3%-11,2%1,2%0,8%
1520JAC Refine S325.837196.77950,8%292,5%1,2%1,0%
169Volkswagen Santana25.613276.20911,7%-3,2%1,2%1,4%
1717Geely EC723.491206.226-9,1%24,8%1,1%1,1%
1838Beijing Auto Weiwang M2023.344146.996210,4%89,7%1,1%0,8%
1932Buick Envision23.085162.941130,7%727,8%1,1%0,9%
2015Ford Escort23.045214.362521,2%5678,0%1,1%1,1%
2110Volkswagen Jetta22.850274.932-10,5%-7,4%1,1%1,4%
2226Buick Excelle22.706176.2428,1%-39,9%1,1%0,9%
2352Honda Crider21.075116.759-20,1%-25,7%1,0%0,6%
2430Beijing Auto Huansu S320.868164.43643,8%239,0%1,0%0,9%
2523ChangAn CS7520.300186.623221,2%252,2%1,0%1,0%
2629Nissan X-Trail20.174166.38549,2%45,4%1,0%0,9%
2728Haval H220.022168.51763,3%241,5%0,9%0,9%
2819Volkswagen Bora19.860204.28023,1%-8,3%0,9%1,1%
2913Ford Focus19.653246.085-38,5%-37,2%0,9%1,3%
3033Honda CR-V19.361156.608-4,7%-6,9%0,9%0,8%
3131Kia K218.934164.11415,4%5,7%0,9%0,9%
3211Volkswagen Tiguan18.835255.75124,4%7,7%0,9%1,3%
3345Honda Vezel18.329126.83857,5%462,6%0,9%0,7%
3449Chery Tiggo 317.081120.3572,7%12,1%0,8%0,6%
3521Volkswagen Golf16.927195.84523,9%0,2%0,8%1,0%
3636Hyundai Mistra16.722154.60328,3%14,5%0,8%0,8%
3737Skoda Octavia16.563150.028-1,1%24,5%0,8%0,8%
3818Volkswagen Passat16.391205.79477,7%-5,7%0,8%1,1%
3957Kia Sportage16.249110.98323,2%-19,0%0,8%0,6%
40112Buick Verano16.05249.336#DIV/0!#DIV/0!0,8%0,3%

To know all about this market, you can read the China Car Market Insights 2015, recently published:

 

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