PEKING (dpa-AFX) - As expected, the Chinese car market, which is important for German manufacturers, will be negatively impacted by the New Year celebrations in February. The traditional Chinese holiday falls in February this year; last year it took place in January. At 1.15 million units, deliveries of passenger cars to customers in February are likely to be 15.7 percent lower than in the same month last year, the industry association PCA (China Passenger Car Association) announced in Beijing on Thursday on the basis of a forecast.

In January this year, car sales had experienced a significant upswing, mainly due to the holiday effect. During the New Year celebrations, public life in the People's Republic largely comes to a standstill for around a week. China is the largest car market in the world and as such is also the most important single market for the German manufacturers Volkswagen (including its subsidiaries Audi and Porsche), BMW and Mercedes-Benz./men/nas