This is down 8.3 percent from 3,520 units in January. The first AITO M5 vehicles, jointly built by and Sokon, will be delivered in Shanghai on March 5.

Chongqing Sokon, Chinese tech giant Huawei's most important partner in the automotive sector, sold 3,229 new energy vehicles (NEVs) in February, figures it released Thursday showed.

That was up 510.4 percent from 529 units a year ago, but down 8.3 percent from 3,520 units in January.

Sokon sold 15,156 all vehicles in February, up 31.5 percent from a year earlier.

The company produced 16,722 vehicles in February, including 5,412 NEVs.

Sokon is an integrated automotive manufacturing company that develops, manufactures, sells and services passenger cars, commercial vehicles, powertrain and other automotive components.

Sokon's existing vehicle brands include Seres, Dongfeng Fengguang, and DFSK, and its main products include SUVs, MPVs and minivans.

The company is in the spotlight because Huawei announced on April 20, 2021 that it would officially start selling cars, with the Seres SF5 from Sokon's brand Seres being the first model to enter its channel.

Seres announced the launch of its premium smart car brand called AITO, which stands for "Adding Intelligence to Auto," on December 2 last year.

On December 23, Huawei announced the first model of the AITO brand, the Wenjie M5, which will be the first production SUV to feature Huawei's latest HarmonyOS intelligent cockpit and Huawei's smart car solutions.

The Wenjie M5 is an SUV with extended-range technology, similar to 's Li ONE, with a pre-sale price starting at RMB 250,000 ($39,000) after subsidies.

Late last month, AITO announced the model's official price, which was reduced by RMB 200 from the pre-sale price.

AITO said Thursday that the first M5 vehicles will be delivered in Shanghai on March 5.

AITO, built by Huawei and Seres, unveils official pricing for M5

(Image credit: Seres)