TABLE-China March car sales up 6.5 pct, Geely up 33 pct

 (Adds Geely March sales)	
 HONG KONG/BEIJING, April 12 (Reuters) - Car sales in China
rose 6.5 percent to 1.35 million units in March, recovering from
the lowest growth rate in two years in February but still well
below the hectic pace seen last year.	
 Data provided by the China Association of Automobile
Manufacturers (CAAM) on Sunday showed a total of 1.35 million
sedans, sport utility vehicles and multi-purpose vehicles were
sold in March nationwide. 	
 The following table shows passenger car and vehicle sales in
March and year-to-date by manufacturers (units; percent changes
are from a year earlier). 	
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                      March   pct change  y-t-d       pct 	
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NATIONAL TOTAL BY CAAM     	
Cars                  1,347,600      6.5   3,843,900      9.1 	
Vehicles              1,828,500      5.4   4,983,700      8.1 	
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 The following table shows passenger car and vehicle sales in
 	
January and year-to-date by manufacturers (units; percent 	
changes are from a year earlier).      	
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                      March   pct change   y-t-d      pct 	
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 Geely                40,258     33.1     117,698     14.4 	
  Emgrand EC7 & EC8    9,250      NA         NA        NA	
  Geely Kingkong       8,752      NA         NA        NA  	
  Free Cruiser         7,149      NA         NA        NA	
  Vision               6,167      NA         NA        NA 	
 Dongfeng            210,483     13.0     554,171     17.8	
  DF Nissan          147,965     12.9     369,594     19.5	
  DF PSA              33,050     19.8     101,791     15.1	
  DF Honda            26,019     10.4      73,038     20.1   
          	
 Chery                61,240     25.9     182,870     11.8   	
  Exports             11,820     57.1        NA        NA 	
 BYD                  40,027    -41.0*    118,602    -27.5	
   F3                 15,324      NA         NA        NA	
   F0                 13,353      NA         NA        NA   	
   G3                  6,889      NA         NA        NA	
   F6                  2,537      NA         NA        NA	
   L3                  1,683      NA         NA        NA	
   M6                    167      NA         NA        NA 	
   F3DM                   74      NA         NA        NA 	
 Honda Motor          58,611     -5.3      165,639     8.0   
 	
   Guangqi Honda      32,592    -15.0      92,601    -10.6	
   Dongfeng Honda     26,019     10.4      73,038     20.1 	
 Toyota Motor         84,000     37.4      208,000    16.3   
 	
 General Motors      233,014      1.3      685,583    10.0 	
   Shanghai GM        99,589     14.5        NA        NA  	
   SAIC-GM-Wuling    125,247      NA         NA        NA	
   FAW-GM              8,161      NA         NA        NA	
 Mazda Motor          20,721     -6.0       49,795    -7.0	
   FAW Mazda              NA      NA        33,322     8.0	
   CF Mazda               NA      NA        16,473   -28.0 	
 Ford Motor           53,440     20.0      140,566    19.0	
   CF Mazda           42,157     16.0      106,009     NA	
   Jiangling Motor        NA      NA        55,443    34.0   
           	
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 * Source of BYD's Q1 sales is local media report. 	
 	
 NOTE: 	
 General Motors Co operates a 49-51 percent-owned car
manufacturing venture with top Chinese automaker SAIC Motor Corp
Ltd in Shanghai. It also makes mini-vans and pick-up
trucks in a three-way tie-up with SAIC and Liuzhou Wuling
Automobile in southern China. It has another venture with FAW
Group producing light commercial vehicles. 	
 Toyota Motor Corp operates car ventures with
Guangzhou Automobile Group Co Ltd and FAW Group in
China. 	
 Honda Motor Co Ltd makes cars in tie-ups with
Dongfeng Motor Group Co Ltd and Guangzhou Automobile
Group Co. 	
 BYD Co Ltd is 10 percent owned by U.S. billionaire
investor Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc (BRKa.N: Quote, Profile, Research).	
 Ford Motor Co makes Fiesta, Focus, Mondeo and other
sedans in China in a three-way tie-up with Chongqing Changan
Automobile Co Ltd and Japan's Mazda Motor Corp
 . It also holds 30 percent of Jiangling Motors Corp Ltd
 , which makes Ford's Transit vans.	
 Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd is a private-sector 	
car maker. Its parent Zhejiang Geely in August took over Ford  	
Motor's Volvo car unit, marking the biggest acquisition in  	
Chinese auto industry.	
	
 (Reporting by Fang Yan and Ken Wills; Editing by Chris Lewis)	
 	
 

TABLE-China March car sales up 6.5 pct, Geely up 33 pct