Both automakers are seeing sales rise
Driving sales - EC7 compact sedan Image: Geely
During the first two months of the year Geely, one of China's larger non-state owned automakers, saw worldwide sales increase by 67% year-on-year to 92,022 vehicles. Geely reported it sold just under 7,000 cars outside of China in the same period.
The EC7 compact sedan remained a popular choice, as combined sales of the redesigned version shot up by 105% to 39,379 vehicles in January and February alone. A consolidation of core brands, rather than introduction of multiple offshoots, has proved a winning strategy for the Hangzhou-based carmaker, which had previously suffered from a lack of clear brand identity.
Meanwhile, its Swedish acquisition also saw a healthy return to growth. Volvo reported a modest 0.1% increase in global sales to 29,980 units in February. However, China sales rose by 7.7% to 4,812 cars, while in Sweden sales were up 13.1% to 4,690 cars. The XC60 Crossover was the company's best selling unit by far, boasting sales of nearly 11,000 units.