Nissan's China sales drop 44.9% in March due to virus

FILE PHOTO: A Nissan logo is pictured during the media day for the Shanghai auto show in Shanghai, China April 16, 2019. REUTERS/Aly Song/File Photo

BEIJING (Reuters) - Japanese automaker Nissan 7201.T said on Wednesday its sales in China fell 44.9% from a year earlier to 73,297 units in March, as the coronavirus epidemic continues to hit the world's biggest car market.

Nissan, which has a joint venture with Hubei-based Dongfeng Motor 0489.HK, said it sees "signs of recovery in the market", according to a statement.

Rival Toyota's 7203.T China sales dropped 15.9% year-on-year in March while Honda's 7267.T fell 50.8%.

Reporting by Yilei Sun and Norihiko Shirouzu; Editing by Himani Sarkar