China Passenger Car Sales Slides 17% in May on Supply Chain Crunch

Automotive Author: Niko Yang Jun 10, 2022 07:31 PM (GMT+8)

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China light vehicle sales glided 16.9% year on year to 1.35 million, rising by 29.7% month on month in May, according to China Passenger Car Association.

The monthly sales indicated the auto market hasn't cast off dull image caused by Covid control measurements, which China mainland reported 7,042 Covid cases in May, down 89% from April's figure.

The component shortage triggered by the pandemic has relieved. The domestic manufacturers in the Yangtze River Delta region, the hud of China's automotive industry have gradually resumed supply.

NEV market continued high growth with wholesaling 421,000 units, up 111% from a year earlier. Among carmakers, 13 manufacturers' wholesale data exceeded 10,000 units, accounting for 80% of the total delivery of new energy passenger vehicles. Specifically, 114,183 units from BYD (002594:SZ), 37,313 from SAIC-GM-Wuling and 32,165 from Tesla.

In terms of saturation, the new energy vehicles was 26.6% out of total vehicle sales, 15 percentage points higher than last year same period.

Cui Dongshu, secretary general of the association, believes that dealers' inventory will be transformed into a strong retail sales momentum in June, driven by policies such as cutting the purchase tax on passenger cars. From the consumption side, this policy and national and local incentives have been implemented in June. He expected the suppressed demand from March to May would be released to some extent. "The domestic passenger car market will undergo fast growth next." Cui Dongshu said.