China’s auto gross sales in December fell 1.6% from a year-ago interval, the eight consecutive month-to-month drop, trade knowledge confirmed on Wednesday, because the world’s largest automobile market was hit onerous by COVID-19 outbreaks and the worldwide scarcity of semiconductors.
Total gross sales in China stood at 2.79 million automobiles in December, bringing whole gross sales for 2021 to 26.28 million, rising 3.8% from 2020 knowledge from the China Affiliation of Vehicle Producers (CAAM) confirmed.
A worldwide scarcity of chips, utilized in the whole lot from brake sensors to energy steering to leisure techniques, has led automakers around the globe to chop or droop manufacturing, pushing up costs of each new and used automobiles but in addition impacting gross sales.
One vibrant spot was the gross sales of recent vitality automobiles (NEV), which embody battery-powered electrical automobiles, plug-in petrol-electric hybrids and hydrogen fuel-cell automobiles, confirmed robust momentum with a progress of 157.5% to three.52 million models in 2021.
In December alone, 531,000 NEVs have been offered, representing an increase of 114% year-on-year. China has in recent times closely promoted NEVs as a part of its efforts to curb air air pollution.
CAAM stated in December that it expects car gross sales to rise 5.4% to 27.5 million this 12 months, and for NEV gross sales to develop 47% to 5 million.
(Reporting by Sophie Yu and Brenda Goh; Enhancing by Clarence Fernandez and Sherry Jacob-Phillips)
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