Remember how GM brags that they are the largest auto manufacturer in China? CAAM, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers says otherwise (via Gasgoo.) Here is the official CAAM list of the 10 largest passenger vehicle manufacturers in China, and their units sold in 2009:
- Shanghai Volkswagen Automotive Co: 708,100 units
- FAW-VW Automobile Co Ltd: 669,200 units
- Shanghai General Motors Co Ltd: 668,200 units
- Beijing Hyundai Motor Co: 521,000 units
- Dongfeng Nissan Ltd: 459,300 units
- BYD Co Ltd: 448,400 units
- Chery Automobile Co Ltd: 409,300 units
- Guangqi Honda Automobile Co Ltd: 337,200 units
- Tianjin FAW Toyota Motor Co Ltd: 334,700 units
- Geely Holding Group Co Ltd: 329,100 units
Taken into account that VW makes their Chinese cars with two joint ventures, SVW and FAW-VW, Volkswagen’s combined total rises to 1,377,300. The imported VWs bring the number well above 1.4m .
In 2009, the combined sales volume of the ten largest auto makers amounted to 4.88 million units, accounting for 65 percent of the total sedan sales in China.
Curiously, the BYD F3 is the best-selling car model last year, with 291,000 units sold. GM inflates its numbers by using the more than 1m commercial vehicles, cranked out by a SAIC/Wuling/GM joint venture, in which GM holds a minority interest of 34 percent. Wisely, the CAAM omitted them from the count.