SHANGHAI -- China auto sales plunged 12 percent in March as the country's curbs to rein in COVID-19 outbreaks took their toll, while Tesla was among automakers feeling the pain of limits on production.
Sales in the world's biggest car market fell to 2.23 million vehicles in March, the first decline in three months and contrasting sharply with a 19 percent jump in February, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
"The recent pandemic situation has been quite severe and so the figures in March were not too good, and we currently do not see much improvement in April," said Chen Shihua, the association's deputy secretary general.
He added that automakers were pressing the government for supportive measures such as cuts to the auto purchase tax.
China has imposed strict lockdowns to contain the spread of the highly contagious Omicron variant, including in Jilin province and Shanghai.