Car sales in China rose more than 4% to 1.25 million units in February 2022 from 1.18 million units a year earlier, according to retail data released by the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA).

February has been a particularly weak month for car sales in China for the past two years due to the lunar New Year holidays. Compared to 2.09 million units in January, sales fell by more than 40%.

Last month, sales of new energy vehicles (NEVs), consisting mainly of electric and hybrid vehicles, rose more than 180% to 272,000 units and accounted for nearly 22% of total passenger car sales.

The association said sales of Chinese-made cars last month totaled 540,000 units, accounting for 44% of the total, with the GAC reporting an increase of 36% to 143,000 units.

Domestic car manufacturers on new energy have also had strong success.

Total passenger sales for the first two months of the year fell slightly to 3.32 million units from 3.36 million a year earlier.

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