In China’s Moribund Auto Market, Japan and Germany Are Winning

As China trudges through its first car-market recession in a generation, Japanese and German manufacturers are gaining on the locals.

Brands from those countries gained market share in the first three months of 2019, while Chinese and American marques lost ground, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers said Friday.

China car sales plunged for a 10th consecutive month in March, dragged down by a slowing economy and trade tensions with the U.S. The slump has sharpened competition, forcing manufacturers and dealers to offer generous discounts and creating a market of differing fortunes. The association predicted the slump could last for months.