JOHANNESBURG - According to Jato Dynamics, the Chinese market racked up 6 184 706 sales in the first 3 months of the year (an average of 2 million cars a month!). Even the United States – the 2nd largest market – achieved nowhere near that number of sales with 4 026 256 units for the same period. Japan maintained its status as the third-largest car market with 1 553 605 vehicles for the first 3 months.
Compared with last year’s list of top-selling vehicles, the biggest winner is the Ford F-Series pickup, which has moved up 3 spots to take the top position after the first quarter of this year.
The Toyota Corolla slips to second, while the Volkswagen Golf slips 2 places to 4th. Surprisingly, Nissan’s X-Trail has shot up the leaderboard to take 3rd spot - the world’s favourite SUV.
Interestingly, Honda has no fewer than 3 vehicles in the top 10. The odd-ball in this list is the Wuling Hong Guang, an affordable compact MPV sold primarily in its home Chinese market.
It’s worth noting that Ford’s local problems with the Kuga have not hindered sales globally... in fact, the Blue Oval’s compact SUV (sold as the Escape in some markets) has moved into 13th spot, just outside the Top 10.
Also worth noting is:
- Ford F-Series Pick-Up 243 978
- Toyota Corolla 214 618
- Nissan X-Trail/Rogue 212 244
- Volkswagen Golf 209 764
- Honda Civic 178 605
- Honda CR-V 177 473
- Wuling Hongguang 175 945
- Volkswagen Tiguan 172 623
- Toyota RAV4 170 362
- Honda HR-V/XR-V/Vezel 167 051
By comparison, the South African top seller during the first quarter of 2017 was the Volkswagen Polo, followed by another VW in second place, the cheaper Polo Vivo. Toyota’s Fortuner and Etios models occupied the next to spots, with Ford’s EcoSport completing the top 5.
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