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Vehicle sales in China 2009-2020

In 2020, approximately 5.13 million commercial vehicles had been sold in China.

Vehicles sales

The automobile industry has been a major driving force in China’s economic momentum and despite slowing growth, the Chinese automobile industry is expected to continue fueling the economy. China was the world’s leading car producing country in 2019, producing approximately 21 million passenger cars and claiming a 26.5 percent share of total global vehicle production. However, while passenger car sales in China have been skyrocketing since 2008, they have slowed somewhat since 2017.

Type of vehicles

During the slowdown in the vehicle sales in China, the sale of minivans, multipurpose vehicles (MPV) and sedans have slowed, but the number of SUVs sold has increased in the same year, although all sales for passenger cars started decreasing since 2017. While the gas guzzling SUV is the most popular type of passenger car in China, the production of hybrid and electric cars and new energy vehicles is also on the rise since the government had been promoting their use. However, these vehicles composed merely a small share of annual car sales volumes.

Passenger and commercial vehicle sales in China from 2009 to 2020

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Release date

January 2021



Survey time period

2009 to 2020

Supplementary notes

Data prior to 2010 are taken from the J.P. Morgan report "China Auto Industry" from August 2012, page 13. The report also cites CAAM as a source.

The data only cover manufacturer sales to dealers, rather than end-user demand.

Figures have been rounded to provide a better understanding of the statistic.

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