Emerging Chinese brands MG, LDV and Haval posted significant sales gains in June 2020, as the overall market fell by 6.4 per cent.
MG cars and SUVs reported 1348 vehicles as sold (an increase of 33 per cent compared to the same month last year), while LDV delivered 1052 utes, vans and SUVs (an increase of 31 per cent). Both MG and LDV are backed by China’s biggest car conglomerate, SAIC.
Meanwhile Haval sales almost doubled – to 371 deliveries – driven largely by the brand's H2 SUV.
The results are among the best monthly tallies to date for the respective brands, which are relatively new to the Australian car market.
LDV also passed another significant milestone, selling its 20,000th vehicle since it was established locally in 2014.
Dinesh Chinnappa, general manager for LDV Automotive said the June result could have been considerably higher “had it not been for the disruption caused by the coronavirus pandemic.”
A Victorian customer took delivery of the 20,000th LDV – a D90 Executive 4WD diesel – from Mentone LDV.
The LDV T60 – the first Chinese ute with a five-star safety rating sold in Australia –accounted for more than half of the brand’s sales in June.
Meanwhile, the most popular model for MG was the MG3 hatchback, which posted a 36 per cent sales increase compared to the same month last year.