In 2011, the domestic auto market said goodbye to skyrocket sales. The number of cars manufactured and sold were respectively 18.42 million units and 18.51 million units, according to a report by the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
The figures represent a 0.84 percent and 2.45 percent year-on-year growth respectively, compared with the 32.44 percent and 32.37 percent for 2010.
"The slowed growth in 2011 is due to a change in the country's overall car policy, the end to policies encouraging vehicle purchases, unusually high base number in 2010 and major cities' local policies limiting new cars on the road. The first two among them are the main contributing factors to the decline," according to CAAM.
According to the new ranking, American cars and German cars are the most popular choices among consumers. These 10 brands of cars have combined to sell 2.13 million units, accounting for 21 percent of the total.
• Also see: Top 10 automakers in China 2011
Ford Focus [nipic.com]
Manufacturer: Changan Ford Mazda Automobile Co., Ltd
Price: 74,000 – 158,800 yuan (US$11,725 – US$25,163)
Fuel efficiency: 7.2 – 8.4 L/100 km