The sales gap between China’s two largest private light-vehicle makers narrowed in 2021.
Great Wall Motor Co.’s 2021 deliveries jumped 15 percent to top 1.28 million, while volume at Geely Automobile Holdings edged up one percent to just under 1.33 million, according to data the two companies released Thursday.
In 2020, Geely’s sales tallied 1.32 million while Great Wall sold 1.11 million.
Great Wall’s 2021 sales growth was led by Ora-brand electric vehicles and the new off-the-road vehicle brand Tank.
Ora sales spiked 140 percent to 135,028 last year. Tank generated 84,588 deliveries after launching sales of its first product at the beginning of 2021.
Great Wall remained China’s largest pickup maker in 2021, with pickup volume rising 5.6 percent to 233,006.
Geely’s sales were mainly propped up by the premium Lynk & CO brand. The brand delivered 220,516 vehicles in 2021, an advance of 26 percent from a year earlier.
Geely began delivery on October 23 of the first product, the 001 sporty sedan, under the newly created EV brand Zeekr. Sales of the electric car totaled 6,007 by the end of December, the company said.