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Nissan, Toyota see solid sales gains; Honda slump continues
Automotive News China | 2018/7/10

Nissan Motor Co. and Toyota Motor Corp. each posted 10 percent sales gains in China last month. But Honda Motor Co.¡¯s volume remained weaker.

Nissan and Toyota light-vehicle sales totaled 131,038 and 117,800, respectively, in June.

Nissan¡¯s growth was led by crossovers -- the X-Trail, Kicks, Qashqai and Murano. Combined deliveries of the four crossovers surged 36 percent from a year earlier to 37,214, Nissan said.

In the first half of the year, Nissan sales rose 11 percent to 720,447 while Toyota deliveries increased 9 percent year on year to 680,000.

But another major Japanese carmaker, Honda Motor Co., continues to struggle. 

Honda sales dropped 6 percent from a year earlier to 107,985 in June, weighed down by two compact sedans -- Greiz and Gienia.

Demand for the two sedans slumped 80 percent last month with combined sales of the Greiz and Gienia totaling just 690.

Earlier this year, an engine problem undermined demand for the CR-V compact crossover.  

A glitch with the CR-V¡¯s 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine 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.

Honda started recalling the CR-V in May to update the engine¡¯s gasoline injection control software. While recovering in June, the CR-V¡¯s sales through June tumbled 59 percent year on year to 32,728.

Due to the slump in demand for the Greiz, Gienia, and CR-V recall, Honda¡¯s China deliveries declined 6 percent to 609,100 in the first six months.  

Reuters contributed to this story.

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