Solid start to 2014 for Japanese automakers in China

|By:, SA News Editor

Japanese automakers report mixed sales in China during January with some extra demand kicked up by the Lunar New Year holiday cited as a factor.

Though the recent up-and-down performance by the group in the region is expected to continue as political tensions crop up now and then, double-digit growth for the year is forecast.

Nissan saw a slip in the month, due in part to its model introduction cycle in China. Sales in both November and December were strong.

January China sales: Nissan (NSANY) -0.4% to 95,200; Toyota (TM) +18% to 85,600; Honda (HMC) +33% to 63,128.