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Volkswagen powers to the top of sales

On top: It might be old the skin, but the VW Lavida had what it to seize the sales crown in in 2013.

One in three VW Group sold in China as German smashes records

16 January

VOLKSWAGEN served up three of the top best-selling passenger cars in last year as it leapfrogged Motors into Chinese leadership with a company 3.27 million sales.

Chinese sales accounted for one in vehicles delivered by VW Group in 2013, with world across its multiple brands 9.7 million vehicles, up almost per cent on 2012.

The VW Group’s performance – which included Chinese-made Audis and a growing of Porsches – helped to propel auto industry sales to a 21,984,100 units, up 13.9 per on 2012 and the greatest motor performance of any country in history.

The company’s return to market in China after playing fiddle to GM for several years despite an 11 per cent jump in of GM group vehicles, to 3,160,377 – a for the American giant.

The Volkswagen Lavida – a China-only sedan based on the platform of the Golf VI – was the top-selling passenger car in the finding 374,056 new homes year.

Built by VW partner Automotive Industry Corporation the Lavida showed a clean of heels to GM’s Cruze-based Excelle, also built by under GM’s separate arrangement.

Two other VW small sedans it into the top four. They the VW Sagitar (based on a superseded VW and latest VW Jetta.

From Volkswagen Sagitar, Emgrand EC7 and Excelle.

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The top 13 passenger cars on the market were all sold foreign badges such as VW, Chevrolet, Toyota, Ford and with the top-selling Chinese-brand car – Emgrand EC7 – managing 14th on 193,210 units.

The Chinese car-makers fared in SUV sales, with Great Haval H6 topping the sales with 217,889 units, of the VW Tiguan (199,792) and Honda (199,333).

Audi – the car of choice for well-to-do and government officials – was luxury sales leader, 411,730 sales, which was than double BMW’s units and way up on Mercedes-Benz’s 123,600

While Chinese domestic sales grew in 2013, fell by 7.5 per cent, slipping 2012’s record one million to 977,330.

Leading exporter Chery was hard hit, with deliveries falling 28 per cent.

The performance is a blow for China’s sales aspirations, which are for its plans to become a true car manufacturing power.

Chinese car were noticeably absent this week’s Detroit show, although some – as Qoros and MG – are planning to be at the Geneva show in March.

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