China's June passenger car sales down 6.5% year-on-year: CPCA

FILE PHOTO: Newly manufactured cars are seen at the automobile terminal in the port of Dalian, Liaoning province, China July 9, 2018. REUTERS/Stringer/File photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - China’s passenger car sales in June fell 6.5% year on year to 1.68 million units, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) said on Wednesday.

Retail sales were in line with expectations and signalled a continuing recovery in the passenger car market, the association said during an online briefing.

Luxury automakers’ sales outpaced the overall market, CPCA Secretary-General Cui Dongshu said.

Sales of new energy vehicles (NEV), which include battery electric vehicles and plug-in hybrid and hydrogen fuel cell vehicles, hit 85,600.

Pure battery electric vehicle sector sold 67,000 units in June with U.S. maker Tesla Inc TSLA.O accounting for 23% of the market, the CPCA said.

Cui said the association expects NEV sales in the second half this year to be significantly higher than in the same period last year.

Passenger car sales rose to 1.61 million units in May, up 1.9% from a year earlier.

Reporting by Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh; editing by Alison Williams and Jason Neely