Ford Motor Co. announced on Thursday that its vehicle sales in China declined 21 percent in the first quarter, compared to the same period prior year, buoyed by a rolled back tax cuts on small-engined vehicles.

The American multinational automaker is likely falling behind against its rivals in China during the first quarter such as Toyota Motor Corp, Honda Motor Co Ltd, which ended higher and recorded a 7 percent rise in overall sales of the automakers’ association.