BYD tops February sales yet again

Published March 12, 2010

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Automotive sales were slightly down in February 2010 due to the long holidays and the slightly shorter month. The BYD F3 has come in top of the ranks yet again. The F3 does seem to have pulled quite a lead over the nearest competition, but this is probably due to BYDs relative fame for making good quality cheap cars. BYD is aiming to produce 800,000 cars this year and does have lofty plans to become the worlds biggest automaker by 2025. Both VW and GM are fighting it out in China for dominance, VW seems intent on running different generations of cars side by side whilst GM is relying on its clever branding strategy that pushes the Chevrolet brand towards younger buyers and the Buick brand towards more mature buyers.

  1. BYD F3 21,300
  2. VW Lavida 16,300
  3. VW Santana 15,800
  4. Buick Excelle 14,500
  5. Honda Accord 14,000
  6. Xiali 13,800
  7. Chevrolet Cruze 13,500
  8. Toyota Corolla 12,800
  9. Hyundai Elantra 12,200
  10. Hyundai Elantra Yue Xiang 12,100

Despite recent excessive Toyota coverage, it appears to have not dampened Toyota Corolla sales in China, although we will have to wait for March sales to see if there has been any lasting damage to the Toyota brand in China. Hyundai are still performing well, and seem to be emulating the VW tactic of selling two generation models side by side which appeals to the fashion consciousness buyer and to the buyer that needs a cheap reliable car.




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