Honda, Nissan see China sales skid in June

China sales of two major Japanese automakers, Honda Motor Co. and Nissan Motor Co., slumped in June, after rebounding briefly the previous month.

Honda brand sales slipped 20 percent year on year to 113,133 in June, according to numbers Honda Motor Co.’s China office released this week. 

Only four models – the Integra and Accord sedans and the CR-V and Breeze crossovers – generated monthly sales above 10,000 in June. 

In May, Honda’s China deliveries rose 14 percent due to a favorable comparison to the pandemic-battered same month last year. 

For the first half of the year, Honda’s China sales totaled 529,691, the office said. The number reflects a slump of 22 percent from a year earlier. 

Due to weak demand, Honda stopped Acura production at its joint venture with GAC Motor Co. at the beginning of this year. 

Sales at Nissan and its two joint ventures with Dongfeng Motor Group tumbled 28 percent to 69,139 in June after gaining 11 percent in May. 

The volume includes 64,794 Nissan-badged passenger vehicles, Nissan’s China office said. 

Nissan produces cars for Nissan, Infiniti and Venucia brands at a passenger-vehicle partnership with Dongfeng. Venucia was created in 2010 as a proprietary marque under the partnership.

The Japanese automaker also runs a light-vehicle joint venture building Nissan and Dongfeng brand pickups.  

In the first six months, deliveries at its two partnerships fell 24 percent to 358,509, Nissan’s China office said, without providing a breakdown on the volume.