Hongqi car sales climb in first half 

Iconic Chinese sedan brand favoured by national leaders sees 111% surge  

Hongqi car sales climb in first half 
Red flag: A vintage Hongqi sedan, a favourite of Chinese leaders. Photo: Wikimedia

(ATF) China’s leading automaker FAW Group said that it has seen a 111% year-on-year growth in vehicle sales under its Hongqi brand in the first half of this year.

Despite the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, more than 70,000 Hongqi cars were sold in the past six months as the company expanded its online and offline sales channels. In June alone, 15,400 cars of the brand were sold, representing 92% growth.

Hongqi met its 2019 sales target of 100,000 cars and has doubled it for 2020.

Hongqi, meaning "red flag," is China's iconic sedan brand. Established in 1958, it has been used in parades at major national celebrations.