Vehicle production in China totaled 1,674,177 units in June, up 9.2%, but it was the smallest year-over-year increase in four months.
The moderating growth rate reflects diminishing vehicle demand and plummeting consumer confidence as the country’s overall economy slows.
June production was down 6.1% from May, marking the lowest monthly output since February.
Light-vehicle production rose 7.7% to 1,573,874 in the month, with cars and light trucks posting increases of 8.2% and 7.1%, respectively. Medium/heavy trucks continued to flourish, jumping 42.2%, while buses climbed 19.7% to 17,782, the highest monthly volume for the segment since December 2012.
Shanghai GM’s Buick Excelle led June output with 43,070 units, accounting for 2.6% of total builds.- ’s Jetta followed with 38,152.
-VW laid claim to the overall top spot among auto makers with 128,047 vehicles, outpacing second-place Shanghai GM by about 3,000 units.
Changanbegan local production of the Mazda CX-5 cross/utility vehicle in June. The CX-5 currently is imported and sold at a higher price than the locally produced version will be. The CUV will be available with two engine types, and will compete with vehicles such as the Kuga and CR-V.
Through first-half 2013, China produced 10,751,679 vehicles, up 12.8% from like-2012.