How Australians are embracing Chinese cars with sales tripling and quadrupling in just a year

How Australians are opting for Chinese-made cars – with sales quadrupling in just a year, despite lockdown and ‘cold war’ trade – as the most popular brands are revealed

  • MG’s total sales in July were 3,313 – tripling from the level of 1,115 a year earlier
  • The MG ZS saw its monthly sales increase fivefold and entered the top ten bestselling
  • Great Wall Motors monthly sales have quadrupled to 2011, from 505 in 2020
  • Australia had a record trade surplus of $10.5 billion in June thanks to China

Australians are really embracing Chinese cars with brand sales tripling and quadrupling in just a year, despite extensive lockdowns in Sydney.

The overall Australian car market did well in July with a 16.1 percent increase in brand new cars leaving the showroom.

But Chinese brands fared significantly better despite a trade war and a prolonged lockdown in Sydney, data from the Federal Chamber of Automotive Industries shows.

Australians are really embracing Chinese cars with brand sales tripling and quadrupling in just a year, despite extensive lockdowns in Sydney. The ZS (pictured) made history last month as the first-ever car from China to reach the top ten of popular models, with sales increasing fivefold to 1,786 from 327

The small SUV is now the volume seller, surpassing the MG3 hatch (pictured), whose sales nearly doubled to 1,113 from 571 to dominate the light-car segment

The small SUV is now the volume seller, surpassing the MG3 hatch (pictured), whose sales nearly doubled to 1,113 from 571 to dominate the light-car segment

In a new twist, Australians are buying more and more Chinese cars as China buys even more Australian iron ore, pushing Australia’s trade surplus to a record high of $10.5 billion in June.

MG, a former British sports car brand, is the best-selling Chinese-owned brand, with total sales in July of 3,313, three times the number of 1,115 in the same month a year ago.

The ZS made history last month as the first-ever car from China to make the top ten of popular models, with sales increasing fivefold to 1,786 from 327.

The small SUV is now the volume seller, surpassing the MG3 hatch, whose sales nearly doubled to 1,113 from 571 to dominate the light-car segment.

MG became the first Chinese brand to become a top ten bestseller in February.

Great Wall Motors, now known as GWM, saw its total sales nearly quadruple from 505 to 2,011.

Great Wall Motors, now known as GWM, saw its total sales nearly quadruple to 2,011 from 505. The medium Haval H6 (pictured) had the biggest sales increase, with the number of showrooms growing sixfold to 524 from 80.

Great Wall Motors, now known as GWM, saw its total sales nearly quadruple to 2,011 from 505. The medium Haval H6 (pictured) had the biggest sales increase, with the number of showrooms growing sixfold to 524 from 80.

The medium Haval H6 had the biggest increase in sales, with the number of showrooms growing sixfold to 524 from 80.

LDV, which sells utes, SUVs and vans, saw its sales rise 66 percent from 722 to 1,202.

Sales of the LDV D90 nearly doubled from 72 to 136.

In June, Australia’s trade surplus hit an all-time high of $10.5 billion, overshadowing the previous peak of $9.9 billion in January, the Australian Bureau of Statistics said on Thursday.

LDV, which sells utes, SUVs and vans, saw its sales rise 66 percent from 722 to 1,202.  LDV D90 (pictured) sales nearly doubled from 72 to 136

LDV, which sells utes, SUVs and vans, saw its sales rise 66 percent from 722 to 1,202. LDV D90 (pictured) sales nearly doubled from 72 to 136

Australia’s rolling annual trade surplus with China rose to a record $78.7 billion in June, from $72.7 billion in May.

CommSec senior economist Ryan Felsman said iron ore, used to make steel, added $3 billion a week to the Australian economy, more than making up for lost economic activity from Sydney’s prolonged lockdown.

“Australia’s iron ore revenue windfall continues thanks to insatiable Chinese demand,” he said.

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