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China auto sales declined 6% in 2020

BEIJING — China’s sales of SUVs, minivans and sedans fell for a third year in 2020 as the coronavirus hurt already weak demand in the industry’s top global market, an industry group reported Wednesday.

Sales declined 6% compared with 2019 to 20.2 million, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers. Sales of commercial vehicles rose 18.7% to 5.1 million.

In December, sales rose 7.2% over a year earlier to 2.4 million, down from November’s 11.6% growth. Sales of trucks and buses rose 2.4% to 456,000.

Even before the coronavirus hit, demand was hurt by consumer unease about possible job losses due to a slowing economy and Beijing’s tariff war with the United States.

The downturn hurts global manufacturers that are looking to China to drive revenue at a time of flat or declining demand in the United States, Europe and Japan.

It squeezes cash flow for global and Chinese

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China auto sales expected to grow in 2021

The world’s biggest auto market is set to resume growing after a three-year slide capped by the pandemic.

China’s new-vehicle sales will grow 4 percent to more than 26 million in 2021 as the world’s No. 2 economy continues to recover from disruptions caused by the coronavirus, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers predicted last week.

China was the first country battered by the coronavirus and is expected to be the only major economy to have grown in 2020.

Car and light-truck deliveries are forecast to rise 7.5 percent to 21.7 million in 2021 while new commercial-vehicle demand will slip 10 percent to 4.6 million, said Xu Haidong, an official at the industry trade group. Sales of new electrified vehicles including plug-in hybrids and fuel cell vehicles will jump 40 percent to 1.8 million, he added.

New-vehicle demand in China grew for the ninth consecutive month in December, rising 6.4

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Tesla’s China Car Registrations Jump In May; Stock Down In Pre-Market On Analysts’ Rating Cuts

Tesla Inc.’s (TSLA) China car registrations in May jumped 150% month on month, Reuters reported citing data from auto consultancy LMC Automotive.

The U.S. electric vehicle maker’s China registrations, including imported cars, grew to 11,565 in May from 4,633 units in April.

Data from the China Passenger Car Association shows sales of Tesla’s Shanghai-made Model 3 sedan hit 11,095 units in May.

Still, shares in Tesla continued to fall in Monday’s pre-market trading declining another 3.4% to $903.45 after dropping 3.9% on Friday. Meanwhile, year-to-date the stock has more than doubled.

Last week’s start of a downward trend was triggered by two rating downgrades from analysts at Morgan Stanley and Goldman Sachs.

Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas lowered his rating on the stock to Sell from Hold with a $650 price target (31% downside potential) amid concerns about U.S.-China trade dynamics as well as recent price cuts of some

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