Nissan's China sales slow in August when Toyota, Honda surge

FILE PHOTO: The brand logo of Nissan Motor Corp. is seen at the front nose section of the company's new Ariya all-battery SUV during a press preview, ahead of the world premiere, at Nissan Pavilion in Yokohama, south of Tokyo, Japan July 14, 2020. Picture taken July 14, 2020. REUTERS/Issei Kato

BEIJING (Reuters) - Japanese automaker Nissan Motor 7201.T said on Thursday its sales in China fell 2.4% in August from a year earlier, while rival Toyota Motor 7203.T and Honda Motor 7267.T sales surged in the world's biggest auto market.

Nissan is determined to boost sales in China as it struggles to fix problems from ousted leader Carlos Ghosn’s aggressive expansion drive.

It said it sold 126,592 vehicles in China in August, up 4.7% from the previous month as sales continue to recover from China’s coronavirus lockdown earlier this year.

Toyota sold 164,400 vehicles in China last month, up 27.2% from last year. Of the total, 20,700 came from its premium Lexus brand, which showed a 22.3% sales jump compared to a year earlier. Honda sold 148,636 units, up 19.7%.

Reporting by Yilei Sun and Norihiko Shirouzu; Editing by Shri Navaratnam and Stephen Coates