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China's February auto sales plunge 79%, biggest monthly drop ever

Coronavirus slams demand for vehicles in world's second-largest economy

A pump attendant wears a mask as he refuels a car at a gas station as China is hit by an outbreak of the new coronavirus in Beijing in February. Auto sales in the country plunged in the month.   © Reuters

BEIJING (Reuters) -- Auto sales in China plunged 79.1% in February, marking their biggest ever monthly decline, as a coronavirus outbreak hit demand, data from the country's largest auto industry association showed on Thursday.

Total auto sales in China, the world's biggest auto market, fell to 310,000 units from the same month a year earlier, declining for a twentieth straight month, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said.

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