Vehicle sales in China took a sizable dip for the first time in eight months, due largely to the fact that buyers in the country are turning away from Japanese brands. Automotive News China reports wholesale deliveries fell by .3 percent last month, while Toyota and Nissan saw sales figures fall to their lowest levels since 2008. Meanwhile, figures compiled by Bloomberg indicate Honda had its worst month since May of 2011.

While analysts in China expect market share to shift from Japanese brands to automakers like General Motors, Hyundai and Volkswagen, the Chinese Association of Automobile Manufacturers expects October to be another down month.

Anti-Japanese riots recently broke out in China, with demonstrators targeting Japanese businesses and products with violence. Since then, buyers have participated in boycotting Japanese goods, including large items like cars and SUVs. Sales of Japanese vehicles fell by 41 percent to 160,000 units last month alone, slicing market share from 20.5 percent this time last year to 12.2 percent.


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      Muttons
      • 2 Years Ago
      If there has been an ongoing boycott of Japanese goods, how could an automotive sales slide be "unexpected"?
      Temple
      • 2 Years Ago
      The fact that China's market actually decreased means that Chinese consumers that would usually buy Japanese brands haven't all moved to other brands. Technically speaking, if you need a car, and you boycott a one countries good you would just buy from a substitute brand. China's market has expanded every month for the last several years. So either Chinese consumers are delaying purchases of cars or the Chinese economy really is slowing.
      dukeisduke
      • 2 Years Ago
      I'm sure a lot of this is being fomented by the Chinese government, plus, the Chinese have been rattling sabers and asserting territorial claims against other Asian countries (like the Philippines), and not just the Japanese. Of course this helps Chinese automakers - how *convenient*.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Since the US government continues to stand by the Japanese government, GM can kiss its Chinese sales good bye.
        Fixitfixitstop
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Oh shut up
        sammyramzy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Ok we hear you, can you please quit spamming the board now?
        sammyramzy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        idiot!
        imoore
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        @Yang Xi Gua: Don't bet on it. GM, and Volkswagen for that matter, are more established within the Chinese buying culture than any of the Japanese brands. It's the homegrown Chinese brands that will suffer the most. As of right now, the chinese government is encouraging (forcing, actually) its domestics to increase exports to other countries. Good luck getting into Japan, though.
        Vien Huynh
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Made in China.... guess what that get people think? Cheap knock off stuffs... I glad if the Chinese boycotts American companies... u guys can kiss ur economy good bye, and we can get the jobs back to where it should be. Thank you.
        sammyramzy
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Ok we hear you, can you please quit spamming the board now?
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      Chinese automakers such as Geely has gained the most from this. Geely alone has 4 brands and the newest Emgrand EC8 mid size is a spectacular piece of machinery comparable to the previous generation Camry and Accord.
        Alistair
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Do you realize this is US based site where camry and accord are frowned upon as bland cars regularly? LOL
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      I am of Japanese descent and I can't express my frustrations enough on how poorly the Japanese government has handled this matter. First of all, **** the islands. Their value is based on speculation, yes speculation, of oil reserves from a survey done in the 70's. Whether it was valid is unknown. In addition, they argue it's a good fishing area. Despite these claims, I doubt that the worth of the oil and fishing could amount to the profits the Japanese make from trade with China. Mutual trade between China and Japan is worth 350 Billion annually. Oil and fishing are finite resources. Trade and good relations are not. Also, China is one of the most important markets in the world and it's getting stronger. It is idiotic for a global company to not only want to produce in China, but to also SELL in China. Prior to the anti-Japanese sentiment, the Chinese regarded Japanese products as high quality and of good value. They may have their reasons to dislike the Japanese but there was little to deny that Japanese products were well-made and desirable. I have talked to a number of Chinese in both the US and in China who have expressed this sentiment. As China industrializes more and more, there will only be an increased demand for automobiles. Car companies like VW were very smart in jumping on China swiftly and successfully. When I visited Guangzhou, I saw that VW and Hyundai had a huge presence in China. They dominated the taxi fleet and many civilian cars were also VWs or Hyundais. Imports seem to outnumber Chinese domestic cars like Geely. Since this tension with China and Japan, the fallout has been very bad for Japanese companies, especially the auto industry. It's clear from the article that sales and production in China is slipping. It is extra detrimental given the recent set backs companies like Honda, Toyota, Nissan, etc. faced in the recent years. From mass recalls to the earthquake/tsunami, the flooding in Thailand, and now this. The last thing the Japanese industry needs is for some fake-ass pro-right wing Japanese government officials to ruin trade relations with China. It is beyond idiotic and will sink Japanese companies among its fierce competitions. With South Korea's Samsung and Hyundai, Japanese companies that once dominated like Sony and Honda are slipping. The Germans and Americans have also had more luck in China than Japan. Japan already has a compromised relationship with the rest of Asia because of it's military aggression during WWII. They murdered and enslaved other Asian countries. It's best that the Japanese government not ignore this because the subjects of their oppression have not forgotten. It's largely why the Chinese are so upset about the Japanese claiming these islands. Now I am no Pro-China tool. I despise the Chinese government much like most of the Chinese in the US. I don't think the islands belong to either China nor Japan. Taiwan is most deserving. Japan needs to focus on rebuilding its image in China.
      Dennis Kfc
      • 2 Years Ago
      meanwhile, traffic to japanese porn site have gone up. apparently chinese are visit their porn sites to take out their frustration on their AV girls and hope to overload their server.
      • 2 Years Ago
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        GR
        • 2 Years Ago
        Rick, you posted the same resentment of the Japanese not buying American cars in a previous article thread. I am copying my response from there to here so maybe you get the sense of what it's like in Japan. You can then get a glimpse of why the Japanese don't buy many imported cars. Why don't the Japanese buy foreign cars? Protectionism is part of it, but I suggest that anyone who wants to argue foreign cars in Japan first go visit Japan. (I've lived there so I will argue my point). First of all, Japan's gas prices are much higher than the US. Parking costs are also outrageous. Most of all, Japan is the MOST DENSELY POPULATED COUNTRY on Earth. Tokyo makes NYC look spacious. My point: Space is very very limited. Therefore, smaller and fuel efficient cars are highly sought and have been for a long time. So let's look at what Detroit offered Japan for a long time: Hmmm, nothing good other than F150s, Silverados, and other massive vehicles. Yeah, those won't even fit in parking spaces in Japan. No **** Japs won't buy them. Second, the Japanese vehicle tax and emission laws make Kei-Jidoushas most economical to own. These are translated to "Light Cars" or ultra compacts. These cars are cars running motorcycle-displacement engines and are designed to be as compact on the outside and spacious on the inside. Examples of these include the Suzuki Wagon R and the Daihatsu Move. Google what they look like and then tell me this: have you ever seen something like this produced in Detroit, Europe, or Korea? Koreans don't have the same costs of ownership or space issues as Japan. People who have lived there and the Korean dramas I've seen indicate that their car trends are more like the US. Therefore, they probably don't have an excellent market for producing Kei-cars like Japan. They drive in Korea what they sell here in the US. NOT THE CASE with the Japanese. The Japanese have even produced cars dedicated for only the US market. You will not find an Avalon, Sequoia, Titan, Armada, Tundra, and a few others in Japan. They are too big and costly to own for most Japanese, yet are popular among Americans because Americans were in mind when these cars were developed. So tell me, what cars has the US produced just for Japan or even Asia? Yeah, none. Not even the Honda Civic is that popular in Japan. It's considered a "mid-size" in Japan and is bigger than Kei-cars. The European car that the Japanese dearly love is the original MINI. Yes, something that small. The Smart car failed because it simply sucks. It's just a shitty car overall and easily blown away by the Japanese domestic competition. Understand the Japanese and their needs and then you will get it. Detroit and Europe have barely ever tried making something that makes sense in Japan. Result? No **** they fail to sell well in Japan. And of the 500 Fords you claim in your post, I bet the large majority of those are the Focus or Fiesta. They are the only Fords that are close to practical in Japan.
          • 2 Years Ago
          @GR
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      superchan7
      • 2 Years Ago
      The government gained political leverage against Japan, and made all the young protesters look like idiots. Government 1, uneducated teenage hooligans 0.
      Pandabear
      • 2 Years Ago
      This is the whole reason behind the protest and vandalism (lead by secret police from out of town). They want to retaliate by damaging as many Japanese cars in the country to make people fear of buying something that can be vandalized and high insurance cost. Since they cannot easily put up trade barrier, they resort to these tactics.
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Pandabear
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          GR
          • 2 Years Ago
          Rick, you seem to understand the auto industry very little. Tell me why the Japanese would ever reverse import an American-made Camry to Japan? Let me give you the reality of it: The American-made Camry is made in the US for US consumers. It's really the concept in practice of building it where you are selling it. Why is Toyota and other Japanese and foreign companies doing this? First of all, it's cheaper than importing it because of import taxes. Secondly, the cost of manufacturing in the US is cheaper than in Japan, especially if it's to sell a car in the US. The Japanese will just buy their domestically produced products and avoid all the unnecessary shipping and extra costs of a reverse-import. Duh!!! Also, you really seem to not understand what I have previously replied to multiple times regarding your gripe on what the Japanese buy and drive. You even mentioned American-made Camry. Here's a news flash: The Japanese don't really drive that many Camrys! It's a car that is far more popular in the US than in Japan. It's actually rather large for most of Japan. Your remarks are consistently ignorant of the realities of how things actually work and exist.
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      Horrible what they are doing to the Japanese. They buy there own Chinese cars, those things won't survive a car accident anyways.
        lordedardstark1
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        How ironic. Horrible what they're doing. Every hear of rape of Nanking. They never received an apology or even recognition that it happened. This is just another part of the puzzle of events that was bound to happen. I don't want to ne them all
        Randy915
        • 2 Years Ago
        @KAG
        So you're saying you hope they die right? The world needs more people like you right?
      kenblawk
      • 2 Years Ago
      the chinese putting their money where their mouth is. That will show the japanese.
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