Volvo Car’s China sales slipped 16 percent to 11,413 in March after nosediving 82 percent to just 1,205 in February.
With the viral outbreak under control in China, all four of Volvo’s China assembly plants reopened in early March after an extended closure the previous month, the company said.
“In March, showroom traffic in the region started to pick up pace,” it added.
Because of a plunge in February volume, year-to-date sales at Volvo through March slumped 31 percent to 29,885.
Volvo Car builds vehicles in China for the Volvo brand and its electrified performance-vehicle Polestar marque.
On March 24, the Swedish carmaker officially launched output of the second Polestar product, the Polestar 2 full-electric midsize sedan.
Production of the Polestar brand’s first model, the Polestar1 hybrid coupe, started in China in August 2019.
While the overall market declined for a second straight year, Volvo maintained sales growth in China last year, with annual volume jumping 19 percent to 154,961.