For some time, the entry of Chinese manufacturers into Europe and Spain It was no longer a question of yes or no, but of when and how. What was perhaps not as predictable as someone testing an unprecedented chemical mixture was the reaction its arrival on the market would provoke.
In 2023, several of the Asian giant’s brands will already be represented in our country with their own, fully utilized dealer networks The fruits of his presence were not long in coming: As we recently reported, the MG ZS became the new car sales leader in August.
But this expansion is by no means slowing down; it also seems to have reached the used market. At least that’s what the Coches.net portal says, whose latest analysis reveals that The search for Chinese models to buy used has skyrocketed.
The Lynk & Co 01, the most sought-after
According to the above study Lynk & Co, Geely’s emerging and sustainable brand, is one of the most popular searches. And that is why the 01, its only model for sale in Spain, is the most sought after used car. Specific, Searches for this plug-in hybrid SUV increased 220% in August compared to the same month in 2022.
Not far behind is another “usual suspect”, the aforementioned MG ZS, which is causing a stir both in terms of registrations and used car sales. The study data allows its electrical variant, the ZS EV, a 173% increase in searches which corresponds to almost tripling the numbers registered last year.
On the other hand, of the brands and models that also typically feature heavily in the rankings, the Toyota Corolla saw a 60% jump in searches in the last month. Something that stands in contrast to that the downward trend of another called Dacia Sandero, whose searches have strangely decreased by about 10%.
Obviously, an increase in searches does not equate to an increase in sales, because it is not for nothing that buying a used car is usually a long and deliberate process, sometimes even much longer than purchasing a new car. But It seems clear that the Chinese role models are here to stayand strive to dominate market segments where the price-to-product ratio is paramount.
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