June’s year-on-year decline to car sales in China was in line with expectations and needs to be seen against a particularly strong result in the same month last year – due to heavy discounting as dealers looked to shift stock ahead of emission regulation changes.
“It also follows a strong result in May as the market continued its rebound from a sharp Q1 decline due to COVID-19. Indeed, the June car market was 2.6% ahead of May’s.
“This leaves China’s light vehicle market on course to reach GlobalData’s forecast of 22.1 million sales this year, a result that would be just 10.3% down on 2019.
“While risks remain, the strong bounce-back of the world’s largest vehicle market in recent months is welcome news for the automotive industry and manufacturers – both Chinese domestics and foreign companies with Chinese manufacturing joint ventures.
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