Vehicle sales in China surged 46.4 percent year-on-year in January 2013 to 2,034,500 units, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Local carmaker SAIC Motor, which operates a joint venture with General Motors, outsold all manufacturers by selling 513,361 vehicles in China for a 35.0-percent increase.
GM follows with 310,765 units sold in January 2013, posting a 26-percent hike. Dongfeng Motor Group, which has a venture with Honda Motor, is third with sales of 222,411 vehicles and growth of 31.9 percent. Japanese carmaker Nissan sold 115,700 vehicles in the period for a 22.2-percent gain.
Toyota grabbed a 23.5-percent sales increase to 72,500 units while Ford posted a 98.0-percent volume hike to 61,475 units. Japanese carmakers Honda Motor sold 47,248 vehicles for a 22.0-percent jump. Local carmakers Great Wall, Geely and BYD sold 72,000, 63,532, and 55,782 vehicles respectively in January 2013.
Mazda Motor, however, suffered a 16.1-percent drop in January sales to 19,068. German premium carmakers likewise posted strong sales in China in January 2013. Audi posted a 38.5-percent growth to 37,678, while BMW logged a 4.3-percent gain to 28,597 units. On the other hand, fellow German carmaker Mercedes-Benz sold 16,695 vehicles for a 15.4-percent jump