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EVs not spared as China auto sales head for biggest drop ever

Decline of 8-9% this year to be followed by 2% dip in 2020, trade group says

Visitors look at a Geely Jiaji vehicle at the Shanghai auto show in April. Chinese brands have suffered amid this year's national sales decline.   © Reuters

GUANGZHOU -- Sales of new cars in China are on track to fall 8% to 9% this year, sending the world's largest auto market to its biggest-ever decline.

A senior official from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers revealed the projection for 2019 at a recent event. Another decrease is expected for 2020.

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