Automotive sales in China jumped 46.38% year on year to 2,034,500 units in January 2013. The passenger car market grew 48.68% to 1,725,500 units in the month, while bus and truck sales increased 34.75% to 309,000 units.

However, analysts believe the high growth may be deceptive as certain automakers like Shanghai-Volkswagen "hid" December 2012 sales and added them to January's figure, supposedly to create an impression of a flying start to the new year, according to China Auto Web.

According to data from the China Passenger Car Association, the top 10 passenger car makers in January were:

1. Shanghai-GM: 161,426 units

2. Shanghai-Volkswagen: 160,018 units

3. FAW-Volkswagen: 140,638 units

4. SAIC-GM-Wuling (SGMW): 137,626 units

5. Beijing-Hyundai: 107,888 units

6. Changan Auto: 100,885 units

7. Dongfeng-Nissan: 76,258 units

8. Geely: 60,453 units

9. Great Wall Motor: 60,035 units

10. Chery: 58,707 units

Top 20 best-selling sedans

Rank

Models

Makers

Deliveries

1

VW Lavida

Shanghai-VW

48,267

2

Buick Excelle

Shanghai-GM

30,264

3

Chevy Sail, sedan version

Shanghai-GM

27,941

4

VW Passat

Shanghai-VW

27,930

5

VW-Sagitar

FAW-VW

26,184

6

Hyundai Verna

Beijing-Hyundai

25,684

7

Nissan Sylphy

Dongfeng-Nissan

24,769

8

Chevy Cruze

Shanghai-GM

24,477

9

VW Jetta

FAW-VW

24,033

10

Hyundai Elantra Yuedong

Beijing-Hyundai

23,882

11

Hyundai Elantra Langdong

Beijing-Hyundai

22,177

12

VW Bora

FAW-VW

20,045

13

Chery QQ

Chery

18,622

14

Emgrand EC7

Geely

18,516

15

Buick Excelle GT

Shanghai-GM

17,873

16

VW Magotan

FAW-VW

17,273

17

Great Wall C30

Great Wall

17,238

18

Ford Focus, sedan version

Changan-Ford

16,944

19

Audi A6

FAW-VW

16,706

20

Ford Focus, hatchback version

Changan-Ford

16,688

Top 15 best-selling SUVs

Rank

Models

Makers

Deliveries

1

VW Tiguan

Shanghai-VW

21,818

2

Great Wall Haval H6

Great Wall

16,621

3

Honda CR-V

Dongfeng-Honda

15,800

4

Hyundai ix35

Beijing-Hyundai

12,316

5

Great Wall Haval M4

Great Wall

10,649

6

BYD S6

BYD

10,425

7

Lifan X60

Lifan

9,273

8

Nissan Qashqai

Dongfeng-Nissan

8,723

9

Audi Q5

FAW-VW

8,475

10

Hyundai Tucson

Beijing-Hyundai

8,427

11

Toyota Highlander

GAC-Toyota

8,025

12

Kia Sportage R

Dongfeng- Yueda-Kia

7,887

13

Buick Encore

Shanghai-GM

7,881

14

Toyota RAV4

FAW-VW

7,668

15

Tiggo

Chery

7,538

Top 10 best-selling MPVs

Rank

Models

Maker

Deliveries

1

Dongfeng Fengxing Lingzhi

Dongfeng

11,129

2

Dongfeng Fengxing Joyear

Dongfeng

9,009

3

Buick GL8

Shanghai-GM

5,575

4

JAC Refine

JAC

5,461

5

FAW Senya (Daihatsu Xenia)

FAW

4,387

6

JAC J6

JAC

3,958

7

Touran

Shanghai-VW

3,857

8

Dongfeng Succe

Dongfeng-Nissan

2,374

9

Honda Odyssey

GAC-Honda

1,859

10

Haima Freema

FAW-Haima

1,561