The first half of 2017 in the Chinese market: 13.35 million vehicles sold, growth rate falls

Increased sales of SUVs and commercial vehicles

2017/09/04

Summary

  In the first half of 2017 (January to June), 13.354 million new vehicles were sold in the Chinese market (based on factory shipments, and also including exports, likewise for the following), and the growth rate slowed from 8.0% in the first half of 2016 to 4.3%. This was due to changed to a compact passenger vehicle tax reduction policy that came into effect on January 1st, 2017 and raised the tax rate. The policy was originally implemented in October 2015.

  The SAIC Group continues to increase its vehicle sales, and has a market share of 23.7%. Of the corporate groups up through fifth place, all groups excluding the SAIC Group and the FAW Group experienced negative growth y/y. The BAIC Group's subsidiary Beijing Hyundai, which has the largest sales ratio, suffered a particularly serious blow to its vehicle sales due to the effects of the deployment of the THAAD missile defense system in Korea, reducing the Group's market share to 8.5%. The difference in market share between BAIC Group and sixth place Guangzhou Automobile Group is now a mere 1.3%.

  SUVs remain popular in China, with y/y growth of 18.3% in sales to 4.526 million vehicles. Additionally, commercial vehicles, which have continued to decline in sales, experienced y/y growth of 17.5% in the first half of 2017, recording sales of 2.101 million vehicles.

  Chinese OEMs' market share for passenger vehicles has continued to increase, reaching 44%. In particular, sales of Geely Automobile and GAC Motor own brand vehicles have fared well. German and Japanese OEMs also expanded their market shares, but those for Korean and French OEMs were less than 4%.

  In the first half of 2017, approximately 160,000 EVs and 35,000 PHVs were sold for a total of 195,000 new energy vehicles (EVs and PHVs). In the breakdown of passenger vehicle manufacturers, BYD maintained the top spot, followed by BAIC BJEV, a subsidiary of the BAIC Group that has rapidly increased its market share.


*The report for sales volume is based on MarkLines database.

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