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Sales of China-made cars in Australia more than doubled last month

MG outsold Suzuki, and its MG 3 light car is the nation's top-seller in its class. LDV outsold Renault, and its G10 was the nation's number-three van.

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Mike Costello
Comparisons Editor

It’s not the first time we’ve reported on this topic, but the sales growth of China-made vehicles in Australia is continuing apace.

According to the October sales results as provided by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI), both MG (14th) and LDV (17th) finished inside the top 20 brands overall.

Over the month there there were 3383 China-made vehicles sold, which was 111 per cent higher than the 1612 sold in October 2019.

The only origin countries that produced more vehicles for Australia, sold last month, were Japan (29,624), Thailand (17,299), Korea (11,544) and Germany (4143).

Year-to-date, Australian punters and businesses have bought 22,292 China-made vehicles, up 52 per cent on last year’s running tally.

The top-performing Chinese brands for October were MG (1680 sales, up 120 per cent) and LDV (1117 sales, up 123 per cent), which are both part of Shanghai’s SAIC Motor but which are sold here by different importers.

MG outsold Suzuki, and its MG 3 light car is the nation’s top-seller in its class. LDV outsold Renault, Skoda and Jeep in October, and its G10 was the nation’s number-three van.

Haval managed 291 sales (up 48 per cent) and Great Wall 127 (down 1.6 per cent), though the latter brand in particular should bank on big growth during 2021 as it gears up to launch its brand new ute later in November 2020.

Beyond this, the Volvo XC60 is also produced in China and sat third in its class behind the Mercedes-Benz GLC range and the BMW X3.

Chinese brands by sales:

BrandOctober sales2020 sales YTD
MG168011,308
LDV11176566
Haval2912500
Great Wall 1271485

Chinese models by sales:

ModelOctober sales2020 sales YTD
MG 38725819
LDV T606063864
MG ZS5343351
MH HS2742137
LDV G10 van264184
Haval H21591535
Great Wall Steed 1271485
Haval H6108701
LDV D90 96504
LDV G10 MPV64573
LDV V8050399
LDV Deliver 9 3742
Haval H9 24264

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