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Honda China January sales jump by 10.9% while CRV sales fall 14.4%

Catherine From Gasgoo| February 02 , 2018

Honda China sales, GAC Honda sales, Dongfeng Honda sales, CRV engine flaw, China auto news

Shanghai (Gasgoo)- Honda handed over 126,174 vehicles in China in January, up 10.9 percent year on year. As to its two joint ventures in China, GAC Honda January sales increased by 7.5 percent to 70,811 units while Dongfeng Honda delivered 55,363 vehicles in the first month of this year.

Among all models under GAC Honda, the Accord is the best-seller of last month, with a total sales volume of 18,972 units, growing 6.9 percent from a year earlier. The Fit had the highest year-on-year growth rate in January. GAC Honda sold 8,013 Fits last month, soaring 82.3 percent compared with the same month of last year. The luxury marque under Honda, Acura, delivered 734 vehicles in January, up 5.9 percent year on year.

Three models from Dongfeng Honda delivered over 10,000 vehicles in January. They are the CR-V, the Civic and the XR-V. The Civic and the XR-V achieved a respective year-on-year growth rate of 14.9 percent and 9.5 percent while the CR-V January sales decreased 14.43 percent from a year ago to 13,763 units.

Customers’ rights protection action may be the reason for the CR-V’s sales decrease. Last month, customers from different cities claimed that the CR-V’s engine has design flaws and that the aftermarket service of the company deliberately ignores the potential safety problems. The automaker said it would give an official response before the Spring Festival. 

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