As usual, August is not a good sales month, but the majority of Japanese automakers really had a hard time this particular year, posting numbers lower than in 2012.
Honda Motor Co Ltd and its two local joint ventures sold 55,553 automobiles in China in August, down 2.5% from a year earlier, and this fall follows a 1.7% year-on-year decline in July and a 5.6% fall in June. Honda makes vehicles in China in partnership with Dongfeng Motor Group Co and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co – in the first eight months of this year, through the end of August, the Japanese automaker sold a total of 423,271 vehicles, down 2.9% from 2012.
A bigger drop has been recorded by the Number one automaker – Toyota Motor Corp – that, along with its two local joint venture partners sold about 72,100 automobiles in China in August, down 4.2% from a year earlier. Again, this drop follows a 3.5% year-on-year decline in July and, this time a 9% climb in June. In the first eight months of this year, through the end of August, Toyota sold a total of about 564,600 vehicles, down 5.3% from 2012. Still, the company says its on track to sell 900,000 vehicles in China this year, up 7.1% from 2012.
Mazda Motor Corp who, along its local joint ventures sold 12,637 automobiles, is down a whopping 23.6% from a year earlier and has recorded the biggest decline in China sales among the Japanese automakers this August. That follows an 18.5% year-on-year decline in July and a 31.2% fall in June. In the first eight months of this year, through the end of August, Mazda sold a total of 106,846 vehicles, down 20.8% from 2012.
The only bright spot among the Rising Sun’s automakers is Nissan, which recorded a small one percent increase in sales compared to 2012. Along its local joint venture, Nissan sold 86,000 automobiles in China in August. That follows a 1.8% year-on-year rise in July and a 7.7% decline in June. Still, in the first eight months of this year, Nissan sold a total of 768,500 vehicles, down 6.3% from a year earlier.