BEIJING Feb 7 Toyota Motor Corp and
its two local joint-venture partners sold about 85,600
automobiles in China in January, up 18.1 percent from a year
earlier, the Japanese automaker said on Friday.
That follows a 19.4 percent year-on-year jump in December
and a 40.7 percent rise in November, which were partly boosted
by a low base from last year when sales tumbled due to a surge
in anti-Japan sentiment following a territorial dispute between
Beijing and Tokyo.
In 2013, Toyota sold about 917,500 vehicles in China, up
9.2 percent from a year earlier, beating its target of 900,000
vehicles, but slower than the overall market growth of 13.9
A Toyota spokesman, Takanori Yokoi, said the company is
aiming to sustain the momentum with key new and significantly
redesigned models this year. It aims to sell more than 1.1
million vehicles in China this year, he said.
The carmaker plans to manufacture some 10.3 million
automobiles worldwide in 2014.
Toyota operates joint ventures in China with China FAW
Group Corp and Guangzhou Automobile Group.
(Reporting by Norihiko Shirouzu; and Kazunori Takada)