Japanese car maker’s Chinese car sales fell in September

Beijing — Japanese automakers Honda Motor Co., Nissan Motor Co., Ltd. and Toyota Motor Co., Ltd. fell in sales in China in September as chip shortages hit car production in the world’s largest car market.

Honda said last month that the COVID-19 pandemic and lack of parts sold 121,448 vehicles in China, down 28% year-on-year.

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Honda logo of Modulo model at the showroom at the head office in Tokyo on February 19, 2019. (KimKyung-hoon / Reuters)

Nissan said it sold 104,443 units, down 26%, due to “external headwinds such as continued pandemics, cross-industry material shortages, slowdowns and intensifying competition.”

Toyota said it sold 115,000 units, down 36%.

Separately, US automaker General Motors, which reports only China’s quarterly sales, said in July-September, “affected by the ongoing turmoil in the global semiconductor supply chain.” It exceeded 623,000, down 19% from the same period last year.