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Automakers post robust sales growth

HONDA and Nissan reported yesterday their strongest monthly vehicles sales growth for China this year in September, thanks to a tax cut on small-engine vehicles and comparatively weak growth for the same month of last year.

Ford posted its strongest growth since January, while Toyota sales increased the fastest since March.

The Chinese auto market, the world’s largest, has rebounded strongly since October last year when the central government cut sales tax on vehicles with engines of 1.6 liters or smaller in response to slower sales in the weakening economy.

That tax cut will continue to drive strong growth as consumers rush to buy cars before its planned expiry at the end of the year, according to analysts and industry officials.

“This will be a pretty big stimulus for the fourth quarter,” said Yale Zhang, managing director of consultancy Automotive Foresight.

The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers will report sales growth for the market overall today, with Zhang predicting top-line growth of 25-30 percent. Honda posted the quickest growth among automakers reporting yesterday, with a 46.5 percent year-on-year increase for the month.


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