Chinese cars continue to rocket up the new-car sales charts Australia, overtaking sales from Germany and the USA for the first four months this year.
It is the first time in Australian automotive history cars from China have outsold those from Germany and the USA for such an extended period.
Official new-car sales figures released today by the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries (FCAI) show 5430 vehicles from China were reported as sold in April 2021, ahead of Germany (3113) and the USA (2237) – and behind Japan (34,861), Thailand (21,094) and South Korea (11,872).
MG, which is owned by Chinese conglomerate SAIC, led the charge with 3007 vehicles reported as sold in April 2021, an increase of 626 per cent versus the same month last year, in a market that grew by 137 per cent after a disastrous April result in 2020.
This was enough to elevate MG to 10th place for the third month in a row.
Commercial vehicle specialist LDV, also owned by SAIC but sold in Australia via an independent distributor, reported 1086 vehicles as sold in April 2021, an increase of 417 per cent.
GWM Haval, which until recently sold cars under two names (Great Wall Motors and Haval), has since combined its sales to post a gain of 672 per cent when both brands are combined in April this year versus April last year.
However, despite the sales charge, new cars from China still only account for 6.1 per cent of all new vehicles sold. A decade ago, Chinese cars represented 1 per cent of the Australian new car market.
Japan remains Australia’s biggest source of motor vehicles, representing more than a third (37.7 per cent) of new cars sold, ahead of Thailand (22.8 per cent), which is the source of most double-cab utes such as the Toyota HiLux and Ford Ranger.