New-vehicle sales at foreign automakers and 11 major domestic auto manufacturers kept advancing in the first 20 days of June, as the market continued to recover from the coronavirus outbreak, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said.
Aggregate sales during the period jumped nearly 16 percent to top 1.08 million, the trade group said this week.
The companies account for nearly all vehicle sales in China, so the data suggest that China’s car and light-truck market is on track to rebound for the third straight month in June.
The 11 Chinese automakers include eight state-owned companies – SAIC Motor Corp., Dongfeng Motor Group, China FAW Group, Changan Automobile Co., GAC Motor Co., Brilliance China Automotive, Jianghuai Automobile Co. and Chery Automobile Co.
Privately held Geely Automobile Holdings, Great Wall Motor Co. and BYD Co. also are included in the tally.
After plunging 42 percent in the first quarter as the viral outbreak forced the shutdown of dealerships and assembly plants, new-vehicle sales in China have risen steadily.
In May, volume rose 15 percent after advancing 4.4 percent in April.
In the first five months, new-vehicle deliveries dropped 23 percent to below 8 million.