November 4, 2013 / 6:11 AM / 4 years ago

Honda says Oct China auto sales up over 200 pct

SHANGHAI, Nov 4 (Reuters) - Honda Motor Co Ltd and its two local joint-ventures sold 75,150 automobiles in China in October, up 211.6 percent from a year earlier, the Japanese automaker said on Monday.

That follows a 118.1 percent year-on-year jump in September and a 2.5 percent fall in August.

The sharp rise in sales was partly due to the low base a year earlier. Last September, Japan nationalised disputed islands in the East China Sea, sparking anti-Japan sentiment that dealt a big blow to sales of Japanese brands in China in the following months.

In the first 10 months of this year, Honda sold a total of 572,405 vehicles, up 15.8 percent from a year earlier.

Honda makes vehicles in China in partnership with Dongfeng Motor Group Co and Guangzhou Automobile Group Co . (Reporting by Samuel Shen and Kazunori Takada)

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