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China’s new vehicle market: Prospects to 2018

China's new vehicle market - prospects to 2018

A new Automotive World report looks at the prospects for China’s new vehicle market. Covering the light vehicle and medium/heavy commercial vehicle sectors, the report includes a forecast through to 2018.

China’s light vehicle (LV) market rose for the second successive year in 2013, increasing by 12% to a record 18.2 million units. In terms of commercial vehicles, factory gate sales of trucks and buses rose by 12.6% to 1.23 million units in 2013 following a two year decline from the 2010 peak. Notably, most of the improvement was attributable to the heavy truck sector (>14t).

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook warns that some emerging markets will face “financial turmoil, capital outflows, and difficult adjustments”. However, its outlook for China’s economy is positive, and for 2014 the IMF forecasts a GDP growth rate of 7.5%.

The Automotive World forecast anticipates a rise in LV demand in 2014 of almost 9%, taking the market to just under 20 million units. A further rise of almost 20% is expected in the country’s light vehicle market by the end of the forecast period.

Growth is also expected in the HCV market in 2014, but some of the increase is attributable to a pre-buy effect. The absence of this factor in 2015 is expected to lead to a small drop in demand, with the market ending the forecast period somewhere shy of 1.2 million units.

Table of contents

  • Chapter 1: Recent light vehicle (LV) demand
  • Chapter 2: Market characteristics
    • Ownership levels
    • Segments
    • Distribution of LV sales
  • Chapter 3: Market shares
  • Chapter 4: Economic outlook
  • Chapter 5: Outlook for LV demand
  • Chapter 6: China’s HCV market
  • Chapter 7: Outlooks for HCV demand


  • Appendix 1: Definitions
  • Appendix 2: Forecasting passenger cars – methodology
  • Appendix 3: Data
    • Sales by brand, 2009-2018 (‘000s) Excel
    • Market share by brand, 2009-2018 (%) Excel

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