China, the world’s largest car market by sales revenue, has been the center point of profitability for car companies such as Audi, BMW, and Daimlers Mercedes-Benz division in recent years. But the automakers have been vocal in their warnings of declining returns in China, against a slowing economy, rising competition from affordable and unique domestic brands, and limit on car ownership in big cities. According to a Chinese automotive dealer: “the cash cow is beginning to die”. This became clear on Tuesday as Audi reported a fall in monthly sales in the country for the first time in more than 2 years. Audi, a unit of German automotive giant Volkswagen and the leading supplier in China’s auto market, said sales fell 1.6% in May compared with the same month last year. Sales of BMW’s and the Bavarian company’s Mini vehicles were down 4% in May, the manufacturers first sales decline in China in a decade. Additionally, Jaguar Land Rovers has also seen sales of its once popular SUV stumble as much as 16% in the first quarter. Overall, JLR’s China deliveries were down almost 32% year on year in May. The Chinese slowdown comes at an awkward time for many global carmakers, who are faced with brutal reversals in two other once- buoyant markets: Brazil and Russia. There had been hopes that European car sales, growing after six years of post-crisis decline- might somewhat offset the Chinese slowdown, but these were damped on Tuesday by figures that showed sales in the region decline last month for the first time in 2 years.