Our overview of the automakers' tops and flops in the Chinese market begins with the undisputed market leader: since the 1980s, Volkswagen has been building more and more vehicles especially for the Chinese market in different joint ventures. And with a huge success: particularly popular is the Lavida and the Phideon (pictured). Since diesel cars do not play a significant role in China, the Dieselgate does not affect VW sales there. VW's market share in China is almost 13 percent.