Mazda says July China auto sales down 18.5 pct on year

SHANGHAI Fri Aug 2, 2013 5:11am EDT

SHANGHAI Aug 2 (Reuters) - Mazda Motor Corp and its local joint-ventures sold 11,678 automobiles in China in July, down 18.5 percent from a year earlier, the Japanese automaker said on Friday.

That follows a 31.2 percent year-on-year decline in June and a 11.6 percent fall in May.

In the first seven months of this year, through the end of July, Mazda sold a total of 94,209 vehicles, down 20.4 percent from a year earlier.

Mazda makes cars in China in partnership with Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd. It also has a sales venture with FAW Group. (Reporting by Samuel Shen and Norihiko Shirouzu; Editing by Jacqueline Wong)