Passenger car sales in China are down for the 19th consecutive month in January 2020, and at -20.1% to 1.61 million, they are down by the largest percentage of that streak. Main cause of the decline is the Lunar New Year holidays which fell in January this year instead of in February as they were last year. The spreak of the Corona virus has not affected January car sales much yet, but February is going to be the worst month in a few decades, with factories and dealerships closed and a 92% plunge in sales in the first two weeks of February, with full-month declines of 70% projected. This only adds to the already dim outlook for the Chinese car market this year, but analysts already expect the virus to have a negative impact on an already weak car market in 2020 and the production of more than 1 million vehicles will be impacted by the corona virus epidemic as the market is now expected to decline another 5% in 2020. Back to January, when crossovers and SUVs gained ground again, with a 12.9% decline to grab 46.7% of the Chinese passenger car market, a new record and beating the previous record of October 2019 (45.3%) by 1.4 percentage points. Sedan sales were down 23.9% to 48.2% share, which is surprisingly enough not a new low, as their share was below 48% in October 2019. MPV sales are once again taking the biggest hit, down 42.1% in January for a 5.1% share, a new record low beating the previous low of 5.5% share hit in April and June 2019. Within those figures, sales of battery-electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids plummeted 51% to about 45,000 with EVs down 52% to 35,000 and PHEVs down 38% to 10,000.