Auto-sales-statistics-China-Buick_GL8_Avenir-MPVMonthly and annual sales figures for the Buick GL8 in China.

The third generation GL8 in China was launched in November 2016 and comes in two versions: a base ES model and a luxurious Avenir model (pictured above). The previous generation, introduced in 2010 (pictured below), continued to be sold alongside the new one as a cheap alternative. Both are built on the same platform. The third generation GL8 marks a significant shift in Buick’s positioning, as this is the first model of the brand worldwide to get the new upscale Avenir moniker. Avenir is not a sub-brand, but more like a top-of-the-line trim, a bit like Ford’s Vignale in Europe and GMC’s Denali in the US. The GL8 is a big MPV, which at first was mostly used by luxury taxi and transport companies, but is now also being embraced by families looking for a lot of passenger space.

It measures over 5,2 meters in length and has a wheelbase of over 3 meters, which makes it longer than a Mercedes-Benz S-Class L or a Cadillac Escalade. Exact dimensions: 5.203/1.878/1.811mm and a wheelbase of 3.088mm, and a weight of close to two tons (up to 1.880-1.960kg). The sumptuous V6 in the previous generation GL8 has been replaced by a downsized 2-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder petrol engine with 260hp and 350Nm, mated to a six-speed automatic. Prices for the base ES start at 289.900 yuan (€ 39.900,- / US$ 41,800) and run up to 399.900 yuan, while the Avenir is priced at 449.900 yuan (€ 61.900,- / US$ 64,900), which is just under the starting price of the Mercedes-Benz V-Class in China. The GL8 Avenir offers more exterior chrome and a honeycomb grille, larger wheels and a more luxurious interior with second-row massage seats.

As usual in China, the previous generation GL8 will remain on sale alongside the new one to offer an entry-level budget alternative, mostly for fleet customers. More information about the history of the GL8 in China on chinacarhistory.com.

Car sales statistics from China only include domestic production and exclude imported models.

 

Buick
GL8
2016
Buick
GL8
2017
Buick
GL8
2018
Buick
GL8
2019
Buick
GL8
2020
January 4.614 13.658 14.006 8.435 14.180
February 3.799 5.125 8.782 6.483 870
March 6.675 10.721 11.300 14.936 2.270
April 7.016 12.675 15.091 7.088 2.768
May 7.264 13.222 14.954 13.609 14.762
June 7.153 12.208 12.271 13.988 15.457
July 6.210 11.260 12.145 12.218 17.075
August 7.128 13.861 10.326 14.927 16.772
September 6.474 13.899 11.971 15.172 16.825
October 5.183 13.789 11.237 14.695
November 9.030 14.332 9.575 13.299
December 9.054 11.103 12.650 13.271

Buick
GL8
2019 148.121
2018 144.308
2017 145.853
2016 79.600
2015 78.985
2014 80.476
2013 70.191
2012 64.001
2011 66.903
2010 52.127
2009 40.029
2008 36.252
2007 42.494
2006 38.007
2005 26.258
2004 29.086
2003 23.520
2002 17.801
2001 9.983

 

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Second generation (2010-)

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First generation (2000-2016)

The first generation is related to the US Buick Terraza, Chevrolet Uplander, Pontiac Montana SV6 and Saturn Relay.

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Sources: Manufacturers, Chooseauto.