31 January 2016

Land Rover Defender Retired

How many vehicles are produced for nearly 68 years? The vehicle eventually named the Land Rover Defender was. It's longevity is no secret, neither that it is all over due to regulations. It's been kept out of North America for some time and now Europe too.

There is still plenty of the planet left but it wasn't selling in enormous numbers anyway so it had to go. Maybe if the production was moved to say India, it could be still made profitably. Whether that will happen, we must wait and see. For now a few pictures to say adieu.

Ah, the country life. So serene and with such a capable escort

It was classless too

We all know about it's off road prowess

The last model to roll off the production line

China Car Sales By Nameplate : 2015

VW was by far the best selling nameplate

Without labouring the point, sales data from China is to me distorted. This list contains no imported numbers, and is missing one brand I follow and that does now make cars in China, Land Rover. So as it's the biggest car market in the world by units sold, it should be here. Nothing else to say expect have a look.


Rk Make Sales Share +/-

1 1 VW 2,666,360 13.2% -1.7%

2 2 Hyundai 1,062,925 5.3% -5.1%

4 3 Buick 1,035,372 5.1% 12.9%

3 4 Toyota 1,010,178 5.0% 5.6%

7 5 Honda 983,016 4.9% 25.4%

10 6 Changan 937,980 4.6% 32.1%

5 7 Nissan 891,361 4.4% 3.7%

6 8 Ford 870,652 4.3% 8.6%

9 9 WuLing 678,938 3.4% -9.6%

16 10 Haval 662,475 3.3% 54.3%

8 11 Chevrolet 636,518 3.2% -17.0%

11 12 Kia 616,096 3.1% -4.6%

15 13 Dongfeng 537,097 2.7% 22.8%

17 14 Geely 532,384 2.6% 25.0%

20 15 BAIC 524,022 2.6% 84.7%

12 16 Audi 509,998 2.5% -0.6%

28 17 Baojun 502,872 2.5% 176.9%

14 18 BYD 452,488 2.2% 3.4%

13 19 Chery 408,733 2.0% -10.2%

18 20 Peugeot 406,738 2.0% 5.9%

26 21 JAC 346,175 1.7% 76.8%

19 22 Citroën 298,080 1.5% -6.9%

22 23 BMW 287,000 1.4% 3.2%

21 24 Škoda 279,462 1.4% -1.0%

32 25 Mercedes 255,270 1.3% 83.0%

25 26 Mazda 226,926 1.1% 10.9%

23 27 FAW 225,841 1.1% -17.3%

30 28 Zotye 223,327 1.1% 49.0%

24 29 Suzuki 199,210 1.0% -24.0%

35 30 GAC 190,123 0.9% 62.8%

29 31 Haima 180,678 0.9% 2.1%

33 32 Brilliance 161,691 0.8% 17.2%

31 33 Lifan 133,140 0.7% -7.7%

36 34 Venucia 123,772 0.6% 8.5%

34 35 SAIC Roewe 99,639 0.5% -22.0%

27 36 Great Wall 90,755 0.4% -50.4%

41 37 Hawtai 71,172 0.4% 34.2%

42 38 SAIC MG 70,377 0.3% 34.8%

40 39 Soueast 67,993 0.3% 25.0%

50 40 Volvo 66,994 0.3% 253.4%

37 41 Mitsubishi 62,469 0.3% -14.7%

43 42 Luxgen 60,315 0.3% 15.5%

45 43 Cadillac 53,086 0.3% 42.5%

59 44 Karry 50,104 0.2% 881.7%

49 45 Leopard 45,027 0.2% 112.8%

46 46 Landwind 43,099 0.2% 26.8%

53 47 Yema 40,783 0.2% 230.9%

51 48 Jinbei 32,244 0.2% 105.0%

38 49 Fiat 31,481 0.2% -53.8%

62 50 Infiniti 25,467 0.1% 943.7%

64 51 Changhe 24,871 0.1% n/a

44 52 Gonow 23,763 0.1% -47.8%

48 53 DS 21,451 0.1% -17.5%

- 54 Yingzhi 20,805 0.1% n/a

47 55 Jiangling 19,655 0.1% -26.8%

54 56 Zhengzhou ZX 17,525 0.1% 64.2%

57 57 Qoros 14,247 0.1% 107.5%

61 58 SIAC Maxus 13,985 0.1% 289.8%

39 59 Youngman Lotus 11,581 0.1% -81.6%



Others 57,905 0.2%



Total 20,193,691
9.7%

Data source: Left-Lane.

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