Japan top foreign car seller in China

JIJI

Sales of new automobiles in China hit an all-time monthly high in November, with sales of Japanese cars beating all foreign rivals, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

Dealers sold 2,043,900 vehicles, up 14.1 percent from a year earlier, the industry group said Tuesday.

The association also said car sales rose 16.1 percent to 1,696,300 units. Japanese models accounted for 19.2 percent, capturing the largest share among non-Chinese automakers.

German cars slipped to second place, with a 15.6 percent share.

The data indicate that Japanese automakers have almost recovered from a sales slump caused by heightened tensions between Japan and China over the Senkaku Islands.

Among the Japanese manufacturers, Nissan Motor Co. and Honda Motor Co. both saw their unit sales double in November, while Toyota Motor Corp.’s sales grew some 40 percent. Honda, in particular, marked record sales of 83,013 units.