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Honda's sales slide on CR-V crossover engine glitch
Automotive News China | 2018/6/5

Honda Motor Co.'s China sales slumped 15 percent year on year to 99,263 vehicles in May, as an engine problem dampened demand for the CR-V compact crossover. 

Last month, sales of the CR-V, normally one of Honda¡¯s most popular models in China, plunged 77 percent to 3,325.

A glitch with the CR-V¡¯s 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine has led to an abnormally high level of uncombusted gasoline in the engine¡¯s lubricant oil pan. 

In some cases, the problem produced a strong odor of gasoline inside the CR-V and in other cases the vehicle¡¯s check-engine light came on, according to Honda.

On May 22, Honda started recalling the CR-V to update the engine¡¯s gasoline injection control software.

Through May, Honda¡¯s deliveries in China dropped 6.5 percent from a year earlier to 501,116, hampered by weak CR-V sales. 

In April at the Beijing auto show, Honda announced a plan to introduce more than 20 new and upgraded hybrid, plug-in hybrid and electric vehicles in China by the end of 2025.

Its first of those products, an EV compact sedan, will arrive in the market this year. The car will be built at Honda¡¯s joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group Co. and distributed under the joint venture¡¯s proprietary Everus brand.

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