It's a BYD Song Plus DM-i, and the family of models is BYD's best-selling, and China's best-selling SUV model.

BYD's 1 millionth passenger car this year rolls off line-CnEVPost

BYD saw its 1 millionth passenger vehicle this year roll off the production line on September 5, the first time the largest new energy vehicle (NEV) maker in China has seen the milestone in a single year.

The 1 millionth passenger car is a Song Plus DM-i, a plug-in hybrid model. The Song family of models is BYD's best-selling, and by far the best-selling SUV in China.

BYD's 1 millionth passenger car this year rolls off line-CnEVPost

BYD's NEV sales in August were 174,915 units, the sixth consecutive record month, bringing the year's total to 978,795 units, according to data released last week.

The BYD Song family sold 42,500 units in August, the company's highest-selling model for the month, bringing cumulative sales of the model to more than 1.29 million units since its launch.

BYD's product array is currently divided into the Dynasty series and the Ocean series, both of which include Song family models, with the former including the Song Pro DM-i and Song Max DM-i, and the latter including the Song Plus DM-i and Song Plus EV.

Each variant of the BYD Song offers several version options, with the Song Plus DM-i offered in seven specifications and a current price range of RMB 152,800 ($22,040) to RMB 216,800 after subsidies.

BYD's sales have continued to grow rapidly so far this year as production capacity has expanded. Its NEV sales have exceeded 100,000 units for the sixth consecutive month since production and sales of vehicles powered entirely by internal gas were discontinued in March.

As a comparison, the company saw 189,689 NEV sales for the full year of 2020 and 603,783 for 2021, according to data monitored by CnEVPost.

So far this year, sales of the BYD Song family have reached 244,083 units, surpassing the 205,395 units sold in all of last year.

In July, the BYD Song ranked No. 1 on China's best-selling SUV list with 37,784 units sold, ahead of the second-place Great Wall Motor Haval H6 with 24,374 units, data released last month by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) showed.

From January to July, the BYD Song was also the best-selling SUV in China, with 200,357 units sold, ahead of the second-place Haval H 6 with 147,870 units and the third-place Tesla Model Y with 141,306 units, according to the CPCA.

BYD's 1 millionth passenger car this year rolls off line-CnEVPost

BYD currently has a backlog of 700,000 orders, and the current wait time for consumers who place orders to get deliveries is 4-5 months, the company's chairman and president Wang Chuanfu said in a recent conference call, according to a September 2 report by local media outlet Yiche.

BYD's car deliveries in August were affected by power constraints and Covid outbreaks, but were up compared to July, Wang said at the time, adding that the company would aim to achieve 280,000 units of monthly deliveries by the end of the year.

Earlier this year, BYD hinted that the company's NEV sales target for this year was about 1.5 million units, an increase of about 150 percent from 2021.

BYD Aug sales breakdown: Song 42,500 units, Qin 39,512 units

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