Seven of Top 10 best-selling passenger cars in China are from GM, VW

Article by Anita Panait, on January 25, 2012

Seven of the ten best-selling passenger vehicles in China in 2011 were produced by either U.S. carmaker General Motors Co. or German automaker Volkswagen AG, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Running ahead of the pack was GM’s Buick Excelle with sales of 254,000 units. VW’s Lavida came in second followed by GM’s Chevrolet Cruze.

The fourth to sixth spots were taken by VW’s models -- Jetta, Bora and Santana. GM’s Chevrolet New Sail took seventh place. Rounding up the last three slots were China FAW Group Co.'s Xiali, the Hyundai Elantra Yuedong and the Ford Focus. The top ten best-sellers, all compact cars, recorded sales of around 2.1 million units in China.

However, the top best-seller among all cars in China in 2011 was the Wuling Sunshine commercial microvan of SAIC-GM-Wuling, with sales of 731,700 units. Three other commercial microvans also outsold the Excelle.

New Volkswagen Jetta has been redesigned featuring a fully galvanized body. It now has a larger, sportier and independent look, leaving behind body components shared with the Golf and looking as impressive as the equally independent Passat CC and Tiguan.

The car has an optimal occupant crash safety, making it just as safe as the previous model (which was named by US organization IIHS as “Top Safety Pick), and an advanced pedestrian safety feature. The Jetta is Volkswagen’s way of introducing an all-new standard for quality to this particular segment.

The new model is 3.15 inches (8 cm) longer than the previous model with a total of 182.7 inches (4.63 meters) in length; the European version is at 4.64 meters long. Moreover, it is 57.1 inches (1.45 meters) tall and 70.1 inches (1.78 meters) wide.

These new dimensions are effectively powerful proportions while sharpening its style through the new Volkswagen “design DNA”. It now has more precise lines and more athletic muscular surfaces, giving the saloon a taste of timeless elegance and dynamic styling. It gives the Jetta an overall dynamic styling statement positioning itself on a higher vehicle class.

Up front, the new Jetta is fitted with a coupe-like inclined windshield with horizontal lines highlighting the car’s overall design. A black high-gloss radiator grille adorns the front portion forming a stylistic unit with its trapezoidal headlights. A so-called masking blade sections off the dual reflector headlights into a larger area where the low and main beam lights are located while the narrower section contains the daytime running lights and indicator lights.

For a wider and more dynamic visual stance, a couple of chrome masking blades cut through the front end guiding the horizontal lines right into the headlights. New H7 Longlife halogen discharge lamps with longer service life are also installed in case it goes into low-beam lighted areas.

Also designed with Longlife or Super-Longlife technology are its parking and daytime running lights. The mounting height and size of the low-beam reflector are tuned at an optimum to produce a better and broader illumination of the roadway, the driver’s side given importance.

Topics: gm, china

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