What you need to know

In this Report, Mintel summarises the big picture of the current new passenger car market in China and outlines the reasons for change.

This Report also covers the changes in the sales of China’s new passenger car market from January to June 2020 in terms of car models, brands, pricing and energy types. It also analyses the latest policies, public emergencies and their impact on the market. Besides, this report also covers the most up-to-date marketing news and technology innovations by auto brands across the world.

The professional opinions in the report are from interviews with a car brand expert, involving the views and forecasts of the overall passenger car market in China as well as the analysis on the operation models of various categories in the current market in terms of strengths and weaknesses.

Covered in this report

The cars in this Report are defined as vehicles for personal use.

They are divided into basic passenger cars (saloon cars), sport utility vehicles (SUVs), multipurpose vehicles (MPVs) and cross-type passenger cars.

Basic passenger cars (saloon cars): used for the transportation of personnel and luggage; the driver is usually the central focus, with an emphasis on driving and riding comfort. sedans generally come in two-box configuration (hatchback) and three-box configuration (sedan).

SUV: combines the comfort of a saloon car with off-road capability, functional versatility and a two-box configuration (hatchback).

MPV: combines the comfort of the saloon car, the space of a tourer and can be used to transport goods like a van. MPVs usually come in a two-box configuration. They are targeted mainly at household users, and the majority are manufactured on passenger car platforms.

Cross-type passenger vehicles: also known as minibuses. This type of vehicle can be used for the transportation of people and goods, thus known as cross-type and usually comes in a car body configuration with one-box design.

In terms of power source, new energy cars are cars with an unconventional power source such as electric power, or cars with more than one major power source such as an internal combustion engine and an electric engine.


  • Commercial vehicles which are primarily used for moving freight or goods.

  • Multiple passenger carriers which are usually designed/purpose-built for fare payers, such as taxis.

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