The Fiat 126p was the first passenger car to be imported into China in 1979.
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Chinese historical information all the way up to the start of the eighties is now available on Best Selling Cars Blog. This 38 year-period in China is definitely one of the most interesting ones in the entire history of automobile, sales in the country going from virtually nothing to 29 million today, making China the biggest new vehicle market in the world, and by far.
The VW Santana was the best-selling car in China for one decade from 1986 onwards.
In the early eighties the first passenger cars were imported into China, mainly Fiat 126p from Poland first used as taxis. 1986 marks the local production launch of the VW Santana, the very car that would set the ground work for China’s motorisation, with over 3 million units produced in 25 years. Witness the Santana pass the relay to the VW Jetta in the mid-nineties, the Jetta leading for over a decade with 2 million units produced.
The VW Jetta was #1 in China up to 2008.
Discover the intense fight between the Jetta, Buick Excelle, Hyundai Elantra and FAW Tianjin Xiali in the mid-noughties, leading to the crowning of the BYD F3 in 2009 and 2010, of the Buick Excelle in 2011, the triumph of the Ford Focus in 2012 and the Wuling Hongguang from 2013 onwards and for the next five consecutive years. From October 2010 onwards there is a monthly coverage of the Chinese new car market on BSCB.
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