In Europe sales were also down by 26.5 per cent and the UK were down by 18.3 per cent, impacted by the industry-wide issue of delays in WLTP (Worldwide Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure) certification of 2019 model year vehicles, it added.
Sales were also down by 9.5 per cent in North America, the company said.
"We are also adapting to the impact of tariff changes in the Chinese market. While this could strengthen demand, the trade conflict with the USA has a negative effect on automotive buyers' confidence and transaction prices in China," Brautigam said.
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