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PSA, Renault lose more ground in China on weaker 2018 sales
Automotive News China | 2019/1/22

French automaker PSA Peugeot Citroen¡¯s woes continued in 2018 with a double-digit decline in China sales while volume also fell at rival Renault.

Combined sales at the Peugeot and Citroen brands in China plunged 34 percent to 251,701 last year, according to PSA. 

PSA didn¡¯t release separate sales results for its joint ventures with Dongfeng Motor Group and Changan Automobile Co. 

Dongfeng Peugeot Citroen builds and markets Peugeot and Citroen vehicles while Changan PSA Peugeot Citroen produces and distributes Citroen DS models.

In 2018, deliveries at Dongfeng-Renault, a partnership between Dongfeng and Renault that produces light vehicles for the Renault brand, fell 27 percent to 52,769 in China, according to Renault.

Dongfeng-Renault, which started production in 2016, builds the Renault Koleos crossover and Kadjar SUV.

Renault's China sales in 2018 were mainly generated by brands owned by new local partner Brilliance Jinbei Automobile Co. 

Last year, Renault established a light commercial vehicle joint venture with Brilliance Jinbei.

The new venture, which assembles vans for Brilliance Jinbei¡¯s Jinbei and Huasong brands, delivered 163,960 vehicles in 2018, boosting Renault¡¯s total China sales to 216,699 for the year.

In 2017, when Renault operated just one joint venture in China -- Dongfeng-Renault -- the company¡¯s China sales totaled 72,188.  

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