Buoyed by increasing demand for SUVs, sales of passenger vehicles in China jumped 19 percent in June to 1.7 million units.

During the first six months of the year, the China Passenger Car Association reported that deliveries of cars, sport utility vehicles and multipurpose vehicles rose 9.5 percent to 10.8 million units.

SUV sales made up 35 percent of total sales for the January to June period, outstripping the 27 percent share the format held during the same period in 2015.

Sales of SUVs in China have been growing steadily as buyers gravitate towards the additional roominess that they provide. The country’s elimination of its one-child policy and reduction in taxes for vehicles equipped with engines less than 1.6 liters have also made the format increasingly popular.

Industry sales highlights for the first six months of 2016 include:

  • General Motors Co. reported an increase of 5.3 percent to 1.81 million units
  • Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. sales increased 29 percent to 731,884 units
  • Ford Motor Co. sales were up 6 percent to 577,097 units
  • Nissan Motor Co. delivered 609,900 units, up 3.8 percent
  • Toyota sales rose 16 percent to 592,100 vehicles
  • Honda sales increased 18 percent to 542,527 units
  • Geely Automobile Holdings Ltd. deliveries were up 11 percent to 280,337 units
  • Mercedes-Benz jumped 32 percent to 229,137 vehicles