Vehicle sales in China slumped 13.8 percent from a year earlier to 1.48 million units in February 2019, after a 16 percent decline in the previous month. It was the eighth consecutive annual decrease in vehicle sales due to the economic slowdown and the Lunar New Year holiday which this year took place in the first week of February. Sales of passenger cars fell 17.4 percent to 1.22 million units while those of commercial vehicles increased 8 percent to 262 thousand units. On the other hand, sales of new energy vehicles, such as electric cars, jumped 53.6 percent to 53 thousand units. Sales of pure electric vehicles increased 69.4 percent to 40 thousand units during the period, and those of plug-in hybrids grew 18.6 percent to 13 thousand units. Considering the first two months of 2019, vehicle sales fell 14.9 percent over a year ago to 3.85 million units. Meantime, sales of new energy vehicles grew 98.9 percent to 148 thousand units. Total Vehicle Sales in China averaged 1058024.78 from 1997 until 2019, reaching an all time high of 3060271 in December of 2017 and a record low of 88416 in January of 1998.