Chery says it sold 35,000 vehicles in January, the highest January sales figure in its twelve years of history.

The Chinese car market benefited in January from tax changes favouring small cars and price reductions by manufacturers ahead of the Chinese New Year.

The purchase tax on vehicles with engine capacity of less than 1.6 litres was cut by half by the government

Chery said the company had to pay its workers for working overtime during the entire holiday week for the Chinese New Year (Jan 25-31), when its daily sales hit a record of 3,000 cars.

The average engine capacity of Chery vehicles is 1.2 litres.