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Light-vehicle sales rise 11% in Jan. behind crossover, SUV demand
Automotive News China | 2018/2/13

Light-vehicle deliveries in China increased 11 percent year on year to roughly 2,456,200 in January as demand for crossovers and SUVs remained robust. 

Sales of crossovers and SUVs advanced 23 percent to around 1,083,100 vehicles. Sedan deliveries rose 7.3 percent to roughly 1,158,800, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said. 

The multi-purpose vehicle and microvan segments continued to contract: MPV sales fell 13 percent to approximately 178,600 while microvan deliveries tumbled 30 percent to about 35,700. 

Sales of trucks across China jumped 18 percent year on year to roughly 353,100. 

As a result, total vehicle sales in the country topped 2.8 million last month, rising 12 percent from the same month last year. 

Explosive EV sales
In January, combined sales of electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids reached 38,470, 4.3 times the tally a year earlier. 

The tally includes 26,753 EVs and 11,717 plug-in hybrids. 

In China, only domestically produced EVs, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles qualify for government subsidies. 

CAAM didnt release sales for fuel cell vehicles for January. 

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