By Yilei Sun and Brenda Goh
BEIJING (Reuters) – Automobile sales in China rose 12.8% in September from the same month a year earlier, marking the sixth consecutive month of gain, as the world’s biggest vehicle market comes off lows hit during the coronavirus lockdown.
Sales reached 2.57 million vehicles last month, showed data from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM).
Sales are still down 6.9% for the first nine months of the year at 17.12 million vehicles, CAAM said.
Auto insiders refer to “Golden September, Silver October” as they regard the months as the high season for China sales, with drivers venturing out to make purchases having stayed away during the stifling summer months.
Reflecting that trend, sales of passenger vehicles rose 8% in September. Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd <0175.HK>, Great Wall Motor Co Ltd <601633.SS> and Toyota Motor Corp <7203.T> booked double-digit growth.
The Beijing auto show,