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More steady growth for Chinese cars in Australia in August

Sales continue to increase for Chinese-sourced vehicles

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The numbers may still be small, however the rate at which Australian car buyers are giving Chinese vehicles a go is increasing.

VFACTS car sales data for August 2017 shows 343 Chinese-built vehicles were sold in Australia last month.

That number is up from 263 in the same month last year, a jump of 30.4%.

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While across the first full eight months of the year Australian car buyers have purchased 3,080 cars from Chinese car manufacturers, up from 1,852 in the same period last year – an increase of just over 66%.

August 2017 Car Sales Data – Chinese manufacturers:

While there were no sales recorded by Foton in Australia in August 2017.

The data also shows that Japan continues to lead the way in the local market, but Thai-sourced cars are making some serious inroads.

While sales of Korean, German, French, and British cars were also up in the month.

August 2017 Car Sales Data – Country of Origin:

  • Japan – 27,429 (+0.3%)
  • Thailand – 24,191 (+6.2%)
  • Korea – 14,494 (+17.6%)
  • Germany – 7,240 (+8.6%)
  • Australia – 5,049 (-31.7%)
  • USA – 3,912 (-16.7%)
  • England – 3,266 (+7.4%)
  • Spain – 1,337 (+6.4%)
  • Hungary – 1,015 (+11.4%)
  • South Africa – 813 (-34.9%)
  • Czech Republic – 772 (-0.1%)
  • France – 702 (+36.8%)
  • Poland – 617 (+85.8%)
  • Argentina – 533 (+21.4%)
  • Finland – 457 (+15.7%)
  • Mexico – 420 (+111.1%)
  • Italy – 372 (+10.1%)
  • Turkey – 360 (+19.6%)
  • China – 343 (+30.4%)
  • Belgium – 342 (-49.0%)
  • Slovak Republic – 306 (+15.5%)
  • India – 231 (-50.1%)
  • Sweden – 84 (-57.1%)
  • Indonesia – 19 (-17.4%)
  • Portugal – 5 (-58.3%)
  • Malaysia – 3 (-81.3%)
  • Other – 2,350 (+17.7%)

Related: China’s Booming Manufacturing Industry

Are you ready to give a Chinese car a go? Does it matter to you where your car is manufactured? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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1 Comment on More steady growth for Chinese cars in Australia in August

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