China's auto sales reach 1.09 million in July
Updated: 2009-08-07 19:53
BEIJING: Sales of China's domestically-made automobiles totaled 1.09 million units in July, up 63.57 percent compared with the same period of last year, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said Friday.
It was the fifth month in a row that saw auto sales exceed one million units, CAAM said in the statement.
The increase in July sales was boosted by surge in sales of passenger cars, which jumped 70.54 percent from a year earlier to 832,600 units in July, CAAM said in the statement.
From January to July, sales of passenger cars hit 5.37 million units, up 30.91 percent from the same period of last year. A total of 5.27 million units of passenger cars were produced in the first seven months.
CAAM said the surge in sales was spurred by the improvement in the country's economy and the government's policies to stimulus car purchase. China cut the purchase tax on passenger cars to 5 percent for models with engine displacements of less than 1.6 liters.
In the first half of this year, auto sales reached 6.099 million units. The association said earlier last month that it was "cautiously optimistic" about the auto sales on the domestic market in the second half of this year, predicting that China was expected to sell more than 11 million vehicles in 2009, higher than earlier prediction of 10.2 million vehicles.