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China's new light-vehicle sales fall 16% in December, 4.1% in 2018
Automotive News China | 2019/1/15

New light-vehicle deliveries in China declined in December for the sixth straight month, slumping 16 percent from a year earlier to roughly 2,233,100. 

The multipurpose vehicle segment posted the steepest fall last month, tumbling 23 percent to around 176,200, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

In the month, sales of crossovers and SUVs fell 16 percent to approximately 981,600. 

Sedan deliveries dropped 14 percent to some 1,028,500 while minibus sales contracted 10 percent to about 46,800. 

For 2018, Chinas new light-vehicle sales totaled 23.7 million, decreasing 4.1 percent from 2017. 

But deliveries of new commercial vehicles, including trucks and buses, maintained growth last year, rising 5.1 percent to roughly 4,371,000. As a result, total new-vehicle sales in China approached 28.1 million in 2018, dipping 2.8 percent from a year earlier. The industry body didnt disclose new commercial vehicle sales for December.

Electrified vehicle deliveries kept forging ahead last year. Aggregate sales of new battery electric vehicles, plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles reached 1,256,527, a jump of 62 percent year on year.

The tally includes about 984,000 battery EVs, 271,000 plug-in hybrids and 1,527 fuel cell vehicles. 

Last month, the industry group predicted that new auto sales in China will total 28 million in 2019, virtually unchanged from 2018. 

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