Pickup deliveries gathered steam in June after resuming growth the previous month, reflecting higher output in the wake of the coronavirus outbreak and explosive sales at China’s largest pickup maker, Great Wall Motor Co.
Pickup sales across the country surged 75 percent to roughly 57,000, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
Great Wall delivered 26,700 pickups in June, an increase of 272 percent from a year earlier and accounting for nearly 47 percent of industrywide pickup volume.
The explosive growth in volume was led by Great Wall’s new pickup model, the Pao. The company launched sales of a diesel-powered Pao on June 5 after rolling out a gasoline variant in September.
Reflecting a sharp decline in the first four months, as a result of the pandemic, pickup sales in China in the first six months dropped 7.5 percent to some 212,000.
Great Wall’s first-half pickup deliveries jumped 48 percent to 95,854, with 45,106, or 47 percent, of the volume generated by the Pao, according to the company.