Sales at Great Wall Motor Co., China’s largest light-truck maker, gathered steam in August on demand for a new crossover and pickups. But deliveries at Geely Automobile Holdings, the largest domestic Chinese carmaker, continued to suffer double-digit declines.
Last month, Great Wall’s sales advanced 9.5 percent year on year to 70,199. The Haval-badged F7 compact crossover, which hit the domestic market in November, generated a volume of 10,036.
The new crossover enabled Great Wall’s sales of crossovers and SUVs to jump 17 percent to 50,239.
Pickup sales at the company, China’s largest pickup manufacturer, rose 12 percent to 11,637.
For the first eight months, deliveries at Great Wall gained 5.8 percent to 624,094, making the company the only major domestic Chinese light-vehicle maker that has maintained sales growth for the period.
By contrast, sales at Geely dropped 19 percent to 101,223 vehicles last month. Through August, the company’s deliveries contracted 17 percent to 844,278.
Geely faces an uphill battle to achieve its 2019 sales target of 1.36 million.
Last week, BYD Co., China’s largest electrified vehicle manufacturer, reported its sales slipped 14 percent to 36,009 in August. It was the second straight month the company posted a sales decline after Beijing completed a new round of subsidy cuts for full-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids in June.