China’s March car sales fell 40.8 per cent from a year earlier to 1.08 million units, the China Passenger Car Association said on Thursday, as efforts to curb the coronavirus pandemic in the country weakened economic activity. The association, however, said that overall passenger car sales volume in April would be much higher than in March. Car sales in China plunged 79 per cent in February, the biggest ever monthly decline, as demand was hit by the coronavirus outbreak, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM) said. Tesla, though, sold 10,160 vehicles in China in March, its highest ever monthly sales in the world’s largest car market, the China Passenger Car Association (CPCA) also said on Thursday. Tesla, which aims to produce 150,000 Model 3 sedans from its US$2 billion Shanghai factory, sold around 30 per cent of the battery electric vehicles sold in China, Cui Dongshu, CPCA secretary general, said. Tesla sold around 3,900 units in February, up from 2,620 vehicles in January, CPCA data showed. CPCA uses a different counting method than Tesla’s deliveries. Sign up now and get a 10% discount (original price US$400) off the China AI Report 2020 by SCMP Research. Learn about the AI ambitions of Alibaba, Baidu & JD.com through our in-depth case studies, and explore new applications of AI across industries. The report also includes exclusive access to webinars to interact with C-level executives from leading China AI companies (via live Q&A sessions). Offer valid until 31 May 2020.