Chinese cars now fourth top- seller in Chile

March car sales reported 21% growth after vehicles from the Asian giant made their entrance into the market.

16 de Abril de 2008 | 13:48 | El Mercurio Online

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SANTIAGO.- According to the National Automotive Association of Chile (ANAC), the sale of cars and new, light commercial vehicles reached 21,700 units during the month of March this year, indicating growth of 21% when compared to the same month last year. 

The figure contributed to a total of 61,774 units in sales for this year’s first trimester, reporting an expansion of 25.5% for the period. 

According to ANAC, commercial work vehicles have experienced the most significant growth during the first trimester, reaching 31.6% after comparing the 11,416 units sold during the same period in 2007 to the 14,918 units sold this year. 

ANAC also pointed out the increase in Chinese cars, which have reached the fourth position in the country of origin ranking with a market participation of 5.1%, coming in after Korea with 31%, Japan with 26% and Argentina with 6.4%. 

ANAC has said that the figures reported so far for the first trimester have exceeded market estimates for this year’s sales.

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