Vehicle sales in first-half 2018 totaled 48.77 million units worldwide, beating last year’s record of 47.22 million by 3.3%. Growth in China helped lift the global tally with a 5.5% increase to 14.07 million vehicles through June. Adding 730,000 units to same-period 2017’s total, sales in China accounted for 28.8% of the global market. Sales of alternative-power vehicles saw even faster growth, more than doubling to over 400,000 units. Earlier this year, Chinese President Xi ...

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