The Chinese car market is the world’s biggest in terms of sales volume, the number of brands & models available, the most expensive, the cheapest, as well as the most number of fully electrified ones. In such a massive market with strict competition from the foreign joint-venture brands operating in China, it is difficult for Chinese domestic brands to sell more than 1 million units. However, there are seven cars from six Chinese auto manufacturers which have surpassed sales volume of a million units.
As one of the oldest car brand in China, FAW Xiali put its first car into production back in September 1986. The sales volume exceeded 500,000 units in November 1998. The Xiali was also the first ever Chinese domestic brand to sell more than a million units in August 2004.
Launched in 2003, the small hatchback broke the monopolistic market dominated by joint-venture brands in China. The QQ was allegedly a copy of the GM Daewoo Matiz.
Launched in September 2005, BYD’s A-class vehicle quickly conquered consumers with its high cost performance and large space. In March 2012, BYD F3 series reached total sales volume exceeding 1 million units, becoming the third Chinese domestic model to achieve this milestone. The BYD F3 achieved this feat within just 7 years of production and remained the best selling Chinese vehicle for nearly 4 consecutive years.
Chery Tiggo 3
Launched in 2005, Chery Tiggo 3 is Chery’s first SUV model. In October 2015, the Tiggo 3 had global sales volume exceeding 1 million units.
Launched in July 2009, Emgrand embraced its sales soar in 2012 since EC7’s launch. In September 2016, Emgrand reached total sales exceeding 1 million units.
As the sales champion in SUV market, it took only about 4 years’ time for Haval H6 to sell more than 1 million units. In November 2015, the H6 becoming was the fastest among all SUV models to achieve this milestone.
It’s called the most successful model in Chinese auto history in terms of sales volume. It also ranked 11th in global best-seller auto list, only second to Toyota Camry. In April 30th 2015, Wuling Hongguang MPV reached total sales volume exceeding 2 million units. It’s also worth mentioning that monthly sales of the Wuling Hongguang alone is three times more than the collective number of cars sold by PAMA (Pakistan’s Automobile Manufacturers Association) in a month.
A 3d animation professional with over 20 years of industry experience having served in leading organizations & production facilities of Pakistan, an avid car enthusiast and petrolhead with an affection to deliver writings to help shape opinions. Formerly written for PakWheels as well as major publications including Dawn. Founder of CarSpiritPK.com