Which Cars Had 90 Percent Growth In China?

Bertel Schmitt
by Bertel Schmitt

Spoiled market watchers were disappointed by China’s less than red-hot May numbers: Passenger vehicles grew just 23.2 percent, the whole market grew 26 percent. Now here’s a number worth waiting for (or to induce a heart attack, if you have green leanings:)

China’s SUV sales jumped in May 90.5 percent compared to May 2009. That according to data released by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) via Gasgoo. All this year, SUV sales have been outpacing the Chinese market.

They are definitely not going out of style in the Middle Kingdom.

Top selling SUVs in China, January-May 2010:

Great Wall Hover 58,400 units
Honda CR-V 50,100 units
Toyota RAV4 40,000 units
Toyota Highlander 34,200 units
Hyundai Santa Fe 30,800 units

Those 5 account for 45 percent of China’s SUV market.

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  • Lucianrosca Lucianrosca on Jun 12, 2010

    Bertel, just curious, is there in China a segment called crossovers? I remember in US a few years ago some SUVs going from one model year to the next, with minor changes like exterior color and chrome accents, were renamed crossovers just for marketing purposes, resulting in artificial segmentation changes.

    • BDB BDB on Jun 12, 2010

      That's the thing, all the vehicles he listed so far ARE crossovers! They're car-based, handle like cars, ride like cars, get the fuel economy of cars, have the towing and off-roading capabilities of cars (read: nil) and even come in FWD in their base forms. SUV=truck based, BOF, RWD bias CUV=car-based, unibody FWD bias Think of the Suburban vs. the Traverse. They both can seat eight people and have a hatch, but they're in completely different vehicles classes.

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