Chinese automakers' sales of sedans/hatchbacks, SUVs, MPVs and microvans grew 13.5% year-on-year to 1.58m units in March.

The Chinese car market has continued to show rising momentum this year after picking up at the end of 2012.

Data from the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) reveals that wholesales of Chinese-made passenger cars totalled 4.42m in the first quarter, a rise of 17.3% from the corresponding period of the previous year. In the first quarter, MPV sales rose 55%, making it the fastest growing sector, while micro-van sales fell 8.4%.

Passenger car sales in March (wholesales)

Segment

March

Year on year change

Sedans

1,035,646

10.4%

MPVs

119,780

54.4%

SUVs

236,102

32.6%

Micro vans

191,255

-4.7%

Total

1,582,783

13.5%

Passenger car sales in Q1 2013 (wholesales)

Segment

Q1 2013

Year on year

change

Sedans

2,970,170

15.7%

MPVs

319,257

55%

SUVs

636,434

40%

Micro vans

492,872

-8.4%

Total

4,418,733

17.3%

Sales of ten largest passenger carmakers in March:

1. SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW): 141,601

2. Shanghai-GM: 133,862

3. Shanghai-Volkswagen (SVW): 131,866

4. FAW-Volkswagen: 129,550

5. Changan Auto: 93,229

6. Beijing-Hyundai: 83,500

7. Changan-Ford: 61,792

8. Dongfeng-Nissan: 61,321

9. Great Wall: 56,802

10. FAW-Toyota: 52,372

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