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szdaily -> Business
Japan carmakers cruise in China fast lane
    2017-October-12  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

JAPAN’S top carmakers are enjoying strong growth in China, the world’s top auto market, bucking concerns about a slowdown in the market after tax incentives were cut back this year.

Toyota Motor Corp. and Honda Motor Co. said Tuesday vehicle sales in China grew close to 15 percent in September after strong sales in August. Nissan Motor Co. posted similar growth Monday.

After a sluggish start to the year, China’s car market has shifted into a higher gear since mid-year, posting a third successive month of rising sales in August. Overall growth is expected to slow to 5 percent from a double-digit rise in 2016.

Analysts said international carmakers were benefiting most from the uptick, even as some Chinese rivals saw sales growth slow and a diplomatic spat hit South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Co. and affiliate Kia Motors.

“After a good run in recent months, local Chinese brands are growing much slower now,” said Yale Zhang, head of Shanghai-based consulting firm Automotive Foresight.

“That’s why some favored foreign (carmakers) are now seeing their sales grow by double digits.”

Toyota’s sales in China grew 14.1 percent in September from a year earlier to 118,900 vehicles, after a 13.2 percent increase in August. It sold 960,400 vehicles in the first nine months of the year, up 7.9 percent from 2016.

Honda’s sales in the market were up 15.5 percent for the month, following a 20.6 percent rise in August. Its sales in the first nine months of the year totaled 1.03 million vehicles, a 17.7 percent increase from the same period a year ago.

Honda, the smaller of the two automakers, has been outstripping Toyota in China so far this year, thanks to hot-selling models that include the redesigned Civic and its subcompact crossover SUVs.

Toyota, Japan’s top automaker by volume, is still on target to sell more than 1.21 million vehicles this year in China, up from the 1.2 million vehicles it sold in 2016.

Meanwhile, General Motors said yesterday its vehicle sales in China rose 6.6 percent in September from a year earlier to 366,305 vehicles, following a 12 percent increase in August and a 6.3 percent increase in July.

The Detroit automaker has seen sales growth pick up, helped by a slate of new or significantly redesigned models such as the Chevy Equinox, Baojun 510 and the Baojun 310, after a weak first half of the year during which sales dipped 2.5 percent.

GM’s sales in the first nine months of the year totaled 2.75 million vehicles, a 1.1 percent gain from the same period a year ago.(SD-Agencies)

 

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