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Zooming Ahead: Chinese Automakers Achieve High Sales Growth in 2024


Economic Watch: Chinese Automakers Maintain High Sale Growth

In a display of strong market resilience and innovative prowess, Chinese carmakers, such as FAW Group, Dongfeng Motor Corporation, BYD, and Geely, have kickstarted the year with noteworthy sales achievements. January witnessed these automakers continue their trajectory of high growth in vehicle sales, contributing positively to the momentum within the domestic auto industry as it enters 2024.

FAW Group reported that its auto sales surpassed 296,800 units in January alone, marking a 54.2 percent increase compared to the same period last year. A significant contributor to this growth was the luxury car brand Hongqi, which saw a remarkable 82.9 percent year-on-year increase with 40,300 units sold.

Dongfeng Motor Corporation wasn’t far behind, with car sales reaching 274,000 units, indicating a surge of 120.2 percent year over year. Geely also showcased impressive growth, with 213,487 vehicles sold reflecting a 110 percent increase from the previous year. Meanwhile, BYD continued to lead in the new energy vehicles (NEVs) segment, registering a 33.14 percent increase in sales with 201,493 units, thereby affirming its status as a frontrunner in China’s burgeoning NEV market.

The domestic successes are coupled with significant strides in international markets. FAW Group expanded its global footprint with 11,529 vehicles sold overseas in January, achieving an 186 percent increase year on year. Similarly, BYD’s overseas ventures yielded 36,174 vehicles sold, marking a staggering 247.5 percent year-on-year growth. FAW Group has notably targeted developed regions, establishing sales channels in 24 countries, including key markets like Saudi Arabia and Norway.

To sustain their edge and tap into the expanding NEV industry, Chinese automakers are tooled towards broadening their product offerings, enhancing industrial chain efficiencies, and boosting production capabilities through domestic and international partnerships. With a forward-looking approach, FAW Group has ambitiously set a sales target of 3.47 million units and aims for a sales revenue of around 89.53 billion U.S. dollars for 2024.

Industry experts highlight the NEV market’s rapid development and vast potential in China. Audi FAW NEV Co., Ltd., helmed by CEO Helmut Stettner, is on course to set industry benchmarks in digitalization, efficiency, and sustainability. The company’s production base in Jilin Province is prepared to support an annual production capacity of over 150,000 vehicles, with three pure electric models specifically designed for the Chinese market slated for release by the end of this year.

The auto industry’s robust growth is largely attributed to the Chinese government’s concerted efforts to foster auto industry development and consumption, alongside the stable recovery of China’s economy. Xu Haidong, deputy chief engineer of the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, stressed the pivotal role of NEV and automobile exports in powering China’s automobile industry forward. This trend not only underscores the country’s commitment to industry innovation but also its contribution to the global automotive landscape in 2024 and beyond.

Alexandra Bennett
Alexandra Bennett
Alexandra Bennett is a seasoned business journalist with over a decade of experience covering the global economy, finance, and corporate strategies. With a Bachelor's degree in Economics and a Master's in Business Journalism from Columbia University, Alexandra has built a reputation for her insightful analysis and ability to break down complex economic trends into understandable narratives. Prior to joining our team, she worked for major financial publications in New York and London. Alexandra specializes in mergers and acquisitions, market trends, and economic

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