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Growth in Chinese auto sales accelerates in July

  • FILE - In this April26, 2016 file photo, visitors examine a Chinese automaker Denza electric vehicle on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing. China's auto sales growth accelerated in July, an industry group said Friday, Aug. 12, while General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. reported record demand for the month. Sales in the world's biggest auto market rose 26.3 percent to 1.6 million units, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

    FILE - In this April26, 2016 file photo, visitors examine a Chinese automaker Denza electric vehicle on display at the Beijing International Automotive Exhibition in Beijing. China's auto sales growth accelerated in July, an industry group said Friday, Aug. 12, while General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. reported record demand for the month. Sales in the world's biggest auto market rose 26.3 percent to 1.6 million units, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this April 23, 2016 file photo, attendees take photos of a Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck by smart phones at a promotional event for Ford ahead of the biennial Auto China car show in Beijing. China's auto sales growth accelerated in July, an industry group said Friday, Aug. 12, while General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. reported record demand for the month. Sales in the world's biggest auto market rose 26.3 percent to 1.6 million units, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)

    FILE - In this April 23, 2016 file photo, attendees take photos of a Ford F-150 Raptor pickup truck by smart phones at a promotional event for Ford ahead of the biennial Auto China car show in Beijing. China's auto sales growth accelerated in July, an industry group said Friday, Aug. 12, while General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. reported record demand for the month. Sales in the world's biggest auto market rose 26.3 percent to 1.6 million units, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein, File)  (The Associated Press)

China's auto sales growth accelerated in July, rising 26.3 percent over a year earlier, and General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co. reported new demand records for the month.

An industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, said Friday drivers bought 1.6 million passenger cars. Total vehicle sales, including trucks and buses, rose 23 percent to 1.8 million units.

GM said sales of GM-brand vehicles by the company and its Chinese manufacturing partners rose 18 percent to 270,529, lifting the total for 2016 to more than 2 million units. Ford Motor Co. said sales rose 15 percent to 88,189 vehicles.