The January car sales figures are in and once again we’ve seen a solid increase in the number of Chinese-built cars sold in Australia.
The VFACTS data shows that the Chinese manufacturers, combined, delivered 437 cars and SUVs to Australian buyers in January.
And while that number represents just a small percentage of the more than 88,000 total sales in the month, it is another big step forward.
The 437 total represents a 74.8% increase on the total combined sales achieved by the Chinese in our market in the first month of 2017.
More Australians purchased a Chinese-built vehicle in January than traditional export nations such as Italy (319) and Sweden (278), and the Chinese were within striking distance of the French brands (553).
The 437 sales were also ahead of India (249), Argentina (396), Slovak Republic (326) and Turkey (314).
MG achieved 53 sales in January, sales were fairly evenly spread across the MG GS, ZS and the MG6 Plus.
While there were 24 sales for Haval in the month, down from 29 in January 2017.
Sister brand, Great Wall Motors, delivered only 9 Steed utes.
Watch though for Haval to reach a much bigger sales pool with the recently arrived H9 4×4/SUV.
We got along to the launch of the updated seven-seat 4×4 and reckon it should be the vehicle that opens the brand up to many more Australian buyers (check out our full review here).
And we’ll keep you updated with further details on the car sales race through 2018.