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Honda sales recover; Nissan deliveries lose steam

Honda brand sales in China started to recover in October after an engine problem hurt deliveries over the previous seven months. Sales of Nissan brand vehicles, meanwhile, slid 5.5 percent last month because of weaker overall demand in China.

Last month, Honda’s China deliveries rose 3.7 percent year on year to 137,739 vehicles on the strength of the Accord, Fit and Civic sedans.

Accord sales surged 34 percent to 18,562 while Fit deliveries jumped 29 percent to 11,962 and Civic volume advanced 24 percent to 20,498.

A glitch with 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engines, which are widely used in small Honda models, started disrupting the brand’s China sales in March.

An abnormally high level of uncombusted gasoline can collect in the engine’s lubricant oil pan. In some cases, the problem produced a strong odor of gasoline inside vehicles and in other cases the vehicles’ check-engine light came on, according to Honda.

The engine glitch has prompted several recalls of Honda vehicles this year.

For the first 10 months, Honda’s China deliveries declined 5.4 percent year on year to 1,096,724.

At Nissan brand last month, the slide to 142,078, vehicles was the marque’s
first monthly sales decline this year in China.

Through October, Nissan’s China deliveries rose 5.8 percent from a year earlier to 1,237,656.

Another major Japanese car brand, Toyota, has yet to disclose its China sales for last month.

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