The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV, an electric city car produced by the SAIC-GM-Wuling joint venture, was among the best-selling vehicles in China in March.
SAIC-GM-Wuling managed to sell 39,745 examples of the budget-minded Hong Guang MINI EV in March, making it the third best-selling vehicle in the country for the month behind the Nissan Sylphy and Volkswagen Lavida, which generated sales of 40,014 units and 41,191 units, respectively. The Hong Guang MINI EV was also the best-selling electric vehicle in China for the month, outpacing sales of the Tesla Model 3 and Tesla Model Y.
GM-SAIC-Wuling has now sold more than 200,000 examples of the Hong Guang MINI EV in less than 12 months of sales – a very strong start for the affordable electric city car, which is priced from the equivalent of just over $4,000 USD. The four-seat hatchback boasts around 105 miles of range and is powered by a single front-mounted electric motor producing 17.4 horsepower and 62.7 pound-feet of torque, giving it a top speed of 62 mph.
The Wuling Hong Guang MINI EV narrowly outpaced sales of another popular SAIC-GM-Wuling product in March: the Buick Excelle. The compact sedan generated sales of 38,047 units in March, making it the fourth best-selling vehicle in the country. Crucially, the Buick Excelle managed to outpace sales of one of the world’s most popular vehicles in China last month, the Toyota Corolla, which generated local sales of 35,126 units.
SAIC-GM-Wuling recently unveiled a new version of the Hong Guang MINI EV called the Macaron. This slightly upgraded version of the cheap EV features additional active safety features, LED headlamps, vintage-look wheel covers, a more powerful 27 horsepower electric motor and a range of bright exterior colors developed by Pantone. Prices for the well-equipped Macaron model start at the equivalent of $5,750 USD.