American automakers that conduct business in China have benefited from growing anti-Japanese sentiments among Chinese buyers, as most recent sales numbers indicate. According to Automotive News, a territorial dispute over uninhabited islands have resulted in Chinese consumers rejecting vehicles from Toyota, Honda and Nissan in increasing numbers.

Meanwhile, sales of General Motors cars and minivans in its largest market grew 14 percent in October, to 251,812. Ford moved 60,518 units in China, representing a 48-percent increase in sales compared to the same month a year ago.

Meanwhile, Toyota, Honda and Nissan sales have all taken nosedives. Toyota reported that its sales fell 44 percent last month, following a 49-percent drop in September. The latter two companies both announced their worst month-to-month decline in sales, dating back to 2007 for Honda and 2008 for Nissan.

Still yet to be announced are Volkswagen sales in China. The German automaker has been battling GM for the top sales spot in China this year, and it outsold GM last quarter for the first time in eight years. When we last checked in on the two companies, GM had a slight year-to-date lead of 77,000 units.


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      Eta Carinae
      • 2 Years Ago
      If they are uninhabited, just let them be islands and call them a neutral zone.......owned by both and used by none......like the death zone between north and south Korea
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      "a territorial dispute over uninhabited islands have resulted in" The islands have been in dispute for decades. It turned ugly because the Japanese government disrespected the Chinese people by attempting to unilaterally buy off the island from some supposed private Japanese owners. When you have territory on dispute, you negotiate, not try some backdoor deal.
        Lachmund
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        stupid idiots voting you down, yang...as if anyone here any clue about foreign politics...lol
          Dorian
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Lachmund
          Vote you guys up. Look at where the disputed islands are on the map: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Senkaku-Diaoyu-Tiaoyu-Islan.jpg. It's pretty much in China's backyard! I call the island buyout a way to legitimize land grab / Japanese imperialism some 60 years ago.
        allstar369
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Riiight just like China's done with Tibet, Vietnam, and the Philippines.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @allstar369
          Whenever someone mentions Tibet as an example of Chinese aggression, I feel as if they need a good smack on the head (and a lesson in history). Oh well.. no one expects Americans to be educated in history.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @allstar369
          China bought the South China Sea unilaterally like Japan did with the islands? Send me the article on that! /rolleyes China has been sabre rattling with Vietnam and the Philippines over various islands but nearly every country in Asia is doing that (just China makes the news). Buying disputed islands (and therefore claiming ownership nationally) is on a completely different level bud.
        XJ Yamaha
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        Shut up.
        Temple
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Yang Xi Gua
        China's has had 23 territorial disputes since 1949, six of them China has used military force to get their way: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052970203922804578082371509569896.html The China has outright invaded countries, they have an area the size of Greece they are in dispute with India after they attacked Tibet and then India. Most recently this year they've occupied Philippine waters with war ships over other disputed islands. Communist China's recent dispute resolution history often ends with them using military force. Let's also consider, as you said, that these islands have only been disputed for 'decades'. The Japanese have held them for over a hundred years, the family that owned those islands use to run a fish processing factory on the island and at one point had over 2,000 people living there, the US controlled those islands after WWII ended and use to bomb them for target practice. Not a peep of complaint from China all those years. Then, in the 70s, when oil is found. Suddenly the islands become 'sacred ancient fishing grounds' after oil is found. Coincidence?
          RR Coor J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Temple
          also you need a history lesson, as you seemingly think Japan received the islands under peaceful circumstances. They did NOT own the island for 100 years. Guess what happened 100 years ago? Japan invades China. Japan secretely annexes the island, which is illegal under international laws btw . And guess what happened in 1969 when oil is found. Suddenly the islands become publicized as annexed territory. BTW Japan is currently in dispute with Russia and Korea over land ( don't get me started on how the treated the Koreans). Of course I'll get negged to oblivion by the Japanese fetishers of Autoblog.
          RR Coor J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Temple
          uh.. it goes both ways...
      John Lucas
      • 2 Years Ago
      I think the Japanese has been totally unfair for decades with their trade practices and they are finally getting some of their medicine. They've block imported cars into their country and no company has yet succeeded in breaking that. I, for one, will never buy a Japanese car, especially when American companies build better ones and don't believe Consumer Reports because they are full of it. http://www.uwsa.com/issues/trade/japanyes.html
      Klink
      • 2 Years Ago
      More proof that the Chinese have absolutely no taste. The America's of Asia....
      Famsert
      • 2 Years Ago
      How's that karma Japan? Next time, don't unilaterally buy islands when 2 other countries are in dispute with you over it. I recall comments regarding how dumb it was for the Chinese to destroy Japanese cars owned by their fellow citizens saying it would do nothing and just boost Japanese sales. Where are those people now? ;)
        RedEmblem
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Famsert
        Those people are sick of arguing with people like you.
          RedEmblem
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RedEmblem
          That is like saying the Treaty of San Francisco AND the Treaty of Shimonoseki were both lies, you idiot.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RedEmblem
          Or because they were completely wrong.
          Famsert
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RedEmblem
          Here's a history lesson: http://thestar.com.my/news/story.asp?file=/2012/9/21/focus/12058608&sec=focus
      HUMANMPC2000
      • 2 Years Ago
      Now if Americans,would follow the Chinese lead,everything would be right in the automotive world.
        mikoprivat
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
        you are correct!! Problem is that even the chinese have more brain than the naive, gullible, brain washed Americans.
        captnclintock
        • 2 Years Ago
        @HUMANMPC2000
        Yes, just as long as they would only buy American cars. /s
      techie69
      • 2 Years Ago
      All it takes is a rift between China and the U.S. and they will be dumping Ford, GM,.. in the Pacific before it reaches the port.
      Hazdaz
      • 2 Years Ago
      This could be a MASSIVE opportunity for Detroit. They have to delivery with great product, but the Chinese people are still so new to car ownership that people there now might be buying the first car they or their family have EVER owned. Getting in on the ground floor and building owner loyalty could pay enormous dividends to Detroit in the years and decades to come as they are locked into your brand. Luckily we dodged the bullet by not electing Rmoney and his moronic views on China. While we need to make sure we have a strong stance toward China and keep as many manufacturing jobs here in the US, we also can't just alienate 1.3 Billion potential customers for our products. The Japanese are paying a massive price now for having overly aggressive foreign policy (especially an overly aggressive history) which turns off people that you otherwise you have been selling your products to.
        Red
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Hazdaz
        Do you think Britain should pay a massive price now for colonizing most Asian and African countries? Do you think America should pay a massive price now for anything its done to countries it has invaded? Do you think white people should pay a massive price now for enslaving black people? People like you need to stop acting like Japan is the only country that deserves to be punished. It just makes you a biased anti-Japan person. If anyone actually believe in peace and justice for all, then they would not single out one country.
          ALINSANITY
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Red
          Only when they are trying to claim an Island off of China as theirs. Then you'll have this problem. If it is just based on history, then it would not be now when it is happening.
      GR
      • 2 Years Ago
      The Chinese need to get a clue from their brethren living in the States. No Chinese American drives a VW or an American car. They buy Japanese or German luxury. If you want the most car for your money, VW and GM are not the ones you go to. Chinese Americans know this. Maybe they should let Uncle Wang in China in on it.
      Yang Xi Gua
      • 2 Years Ago
      I suppose Ford Europe's pain is Ford China's gain. While Ford Europe closes plants and loses market share, Ford China builds more plants and gains market share.
      Red
      • 2 Years Ago
      CCP has been completely whitewashing their invasion of Tibet, East Turkistan, Vietnam, Korea, India, Chairman Mao's atrocities during the Cultural revolution and starvation of millions of people during the Great Leap Forward, the massacre of students in Tinanenmen, its support of murderous Pol Pot clique and North Korea's dictatorship. Where are the protests against the Chinese government for not teaching about how bad Mao Ze Dong really was? There are none, why? because the government brainwashed people with their stupid manditory "political" classes in school. And even if there were, the government would brutally repress them. But as soon as it's against Japan, the Chinese government is "helpless to stop the protestors" --- give me a break. In truly civilized countries, media is free and protected under the constitution, and people are actually encouraged to put their own views and theories forward. Under the CCP its government controlled and used only to promote propaganda.
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