The Buick Excelle compact sedan was among the best-selling vehicles in China for the month of March.
The Buick Excelle generated sales of 38,047 units in China in March, making it the fourth best-selling vehicle in the country for the month. The Excelle also narrowly outpaced the performance of one of its direct rivals, the Toyota Corolla, which posted sales of 35,126 units for the month – making it the fifth best-selling vehicle in the country.
The Excelle was just barely beaten in March China sales by another product from the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, the Hong Guang MINI EV, which posted sales of 39,745 units. The MINI EV is a tiny four-seat electric city car that is priced from just over $4,000 USD. Pricing for the Buick Excelle starts at 83,900 Chinese yuan – equivalent to $12,949 USD at the time of publication.
Now in its third generation, the Buick Excelle is a popular compact car sold by SAIC-GM in the Chinese domestic market only. The sedan rides on the GM GEM platform that was developed specifically for small vehicles sold in emerging markets and is available with a naturally aspirated 1.5L four-cylinder engine or a turbo 1.3L four. Nearly 2.7 million examples of the Excelle sedan have been sold in China since the model was first introduced in late 2003, making it one of SAIC-GM’s most popular and best-selling vehicles.
SAIC-GM introduced a mild hybrid version of the Excelle last spring, which pairs the turbo 1.3L Ecotec engine with a 48V mild-hybrid setup for increased efficiency and a little extra performance as well.
The best-selling vehicle in China in March was the Volkswagen Lavida, which generated sales of 41,191 units. The Nissan Sylphy trailed the Lavida to take up second with 40,014 units sold.