Passenger car sales in China 2008-2019, by model

This graph shows passenger car sales in China from 2008 to April 2019, by model. In 2018, about 1.7 million multipurpose vehicles (MPV) had been sold in China. Overall car sales in China had reached about 28.1 million vehicles in 2018.

Passenger car sales in China

China has been the largest market for passenger cars since 2008. In 2018, roughly 23 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 23 million passenger cars had been produced in China in 2018. When compared to car markets in developed countries around the world, China’s domestic automobile market still possesses some potentials for growth. As of 2018, around 273 million vehicles had been registered in the United States, whereas China only counted 31 million registered vehicles with a much higher population size.

Foreign car manufacturers in China

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 2019. 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. In order to win larger margins in the Chinese market, automakers such as Volkswagen have launched luxury sedan models solely designed for Chinese customers.

Number of passenger cars sold in China from 2008 to 2019, by model (in 1,000 units)*

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Release date

May 2019



Survey time period

2008 to April 2019

Supplementary notes

* Figures for 2019 were calculated from monthly sales data and cover a period until April 2019.

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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