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China’s Car Sales Fall Further

By Zhao Runhua and Liu Yukun / Feb 18, 2019 04:43 PM / Business & Tech

Photo: VCG

Photo: VCG

The bad times for car sellers in China drive on.

The number of vehicles manufactured and sold in China in January saw a two-digit year-on-year decline, according to an official summary Caixin acquired from industry observer the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).

This marks the start of another tough year after the China market reported overall annual negative growth in 2018, the first decline since the 1990s.

Last month, 2.37 million vehicles (including both commercial and passenger vehicles) were manufactured, a 12.05% decline compared to the same period last year. Only 2.37 million vehicles were sold, a 15.76% drop year-over-year.

Manufacturing of passenger vehicles dropped 14.39% year-over-year to 2.00 million, with their sales plunging 17.71% to 2.02 million units.

A slowing Chinese economy was the major reason for the decline, some analysts said. Also, potential consumers could be postponing their purchase plans due to the national Chinese Lunar New Year holiday.

However, January manufacturing and sales of new-energy vehicles demonstrated strong growth. According to CAAM data, the country’s manufacturers produced 90,700 new energy vehicles (including both commercial and passenger vehicles) and sold 95,700 units, increases of 113% and 138%, respectively.

Related: Vehicle Sales to Be Flat in 2019, Industry Body Says

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