Mazda Motor says China car sales down 45pc

PUBLISHED : Monday, 05 November, 2012, 11:25am
UPDATED : Thursday, 29 August, 2013, 4:13am

Mazda Motor said on Monday it sold 9,511 vehicles in China in October, down 45 per cent from a year earlier, as consumers shunned Japanese brands following a flare up in anti-Japanese sentiment due to a diplomatic row between the two countries.

The declined was steeper than the 35 per cent fall marked in September.

In the first 10 months of the year, sales fell 9 per cent from a year ago to 157,627 cars, it said.

Japanese car makers suffered the backlash from a territorial dispute between Beijing and Tokyo, with Mazda’s bigger rivals all posting steep sales decline In China last month.

Toyota Motor’s China sales fell 44 per cent in October from a year ago, while Honda Motor fell 54 per cent and Nissan Motor declined 41 per cent.

Mazda operates a three-way car venture in China with Ford Motor and Chongqing Changan Automobile.