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Number of passenger cars sold in China from 2008 to April 2018, by model (in 1,000 units)*

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Passenger car sales in China 2008-2018, by model This graph shows passenger car sales in China from 2008 to April 2018, by model. In 2017, about 2.1 million multipurpose vehicles (MPV) had been sold in China. For information on commercial vehicle sales in China, visit here. Overall car sales in China had reached about 28 million vehicles in 2016.
Passenger car sales in China – additional information

China has been the largest market for passenger cars since 2008. In 2013, roughly 18 million passenger cars had been sold in China, more than in the United States, Germany and Japan combined. The People’s Republic is also one of the largest producers of passenger cars in the world. Over 18 million passenger cars had been produced in China in 2013. When compared to car markets in developed countries around the world, China’s domestic automobile market still possesses high potentials for growth. As of 2010, around 250 million vehicles had been registered in the United States, whereas China only counted 78 million registered vehicles.

Both General Motors and Volkswagen are among the leading carmakers in China. More than half of all passenger cars sold in China were of foreign origin in 2012. China’s national carmakers enjoy a price advantage rather at the lower end of the market. The most popular passenger car model in China is the sedan, especially in the luxury car segment, which is projected to grow above 20 percent steadily until 2015. In order to win larger margins in the Chinese market, automakers such as Volkswagen have launched luxury sedan models solely designed for Chinese customers.
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This graph shows passenger car sales in China from 2008 to April 2018, by model. In 2017, about 2.1 million multipurpose vehicles (MPV) had been sold in China. For information on commercial vehicle sales in China, visit here. Overall car sales in China had reached about 28 million vehicles in 2016.
Passenger car sales in China – additional information

China has been the largest market for passenger cars since 2008. In 2013, roughly 18 million passenger cars had been sold in China, more than in the United States, Germany and Japan combined. The People’s Republic is also one of the largest producers of passenger cars in the world. Over 18 million passenger cars had been produced in China in 2013. When compared to car markets in developed countries around the world, China’s domestic automobile market still possesses high potentials for growth. As of 2010, around 250 million vehicles had been registered in the United States, whereas China only counted 78 million registered vehicles.

Both General Motors and Volkswagen are among the leading carmakers in China. More than half of all passenger cars sold in China were of foreign origin in 2012. China’s national carmakers enjoy a price advantage rather at the lower end of the market. The most popular passenger car model in China is the sedan, especially in the luxury car segment, which is projected to grow above 20 percent steadily until 2015. In order to win larger margins in the Chinese market, automakers such as Volkswagen have launched luxury sedan models solely designed for Chinese customers.
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Release date
May 2018
Region
China
Survey time period
2008 to April 2018
Supplementary notes
* Figures for 2017 were calculated from monthly sales data and cover a period until March 2018.

Figures prior to 2012 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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