Top 20 Passenger Car Brands in China

June 22nd, 2009 at 10:25am

China’s automotive market continues to grow strong despite the global recession. Exports are down but the internal market is doing well.  Sales are expected to be up over 6% this year.  It’s partly driven by a government program to stimulate automotive sales, particularly for those with engines of 1.6 L or less.  Sales in that segment are up 50% so far this year.

Some experts warn the current pace can’t continue.  Even so, China is likely to emerge as the largest car market in the world.

Follow the jump for a list of the best-selling brands of passenger cars.  This does not include sales of commercial vehicles, which comprise a significant part of the Chinese market.


Brand                             Sales        Market Share

1.  Volkswagen            410,923           13.7%

2.  Hyundai                   234,258           7.8%

3.  Honda                     202,393            6.7%

4. Toyota                     198,857            6.6%

5. Nissan                     183,567            6.1%

6. Chery                      164,162            5.5%

7. Buick                      157,387            5.2%

8. BYD                        139,249            4.6%

9. Suzuki                      99,832            3.3%

10. Geely                      96,897            3.2%

11. Chevrolet                94,684           3.2%

12. Ford                        82,965           2.8%

13. Kia                          73,807           2.5%

14. Xiali                        65,454           2.2%

15. Mazda                     64,061           2.1%

16. Audi                        55,466           1.8%

17 Citroen                     52,999           1.8%

18. FAW                         50,328           1.7%

19. Great Wall                48,020           1.6%

20. JAC                           44,658          1.5%

Source: China Automotive Monthly, J.D. Power

2 Comments to “Top 20 Passenger Car Brands in China”

  1. Wim van Acker Says:

    Very interesting to study these sales figures: the largest player sells only 400,000 cars/yr, the next seven between 100,000 and 250,000, and then twelve with sales under 100,000/yr.

    The major share of the cars in the Chinese market are relatively simple, so to me it seems like a huge consolidation will occur in the chinese market in the next few years, unless the market grows rapidly to double or triple its current size.

  2. lawrence Says:

    It’s my guess that FAW here includes FAW Car, FAW Changchun, FAW Haima, etc.. But then No.14, Xiali, is also FAW (“Tianjin FAW Xiali”).
    And so shouldn’t FAW be listed as No.9 with cumulative sales of 115,782 and a market share of 3.9 per cent?