Mitsubishi Motors, Mazda report China sales plunge

TOKYO (AP) — Mitsubishi Motor and Mazda have reported a plunge in China auto sales for September when tensions between Japan and China escalated into anti-Japanese riots.

Japanese media reports on Friday said Toyota has also suffered a sales plunge in China. But the world’s biggest car maker would not confirm that. It said it would release September sales figures on Tuesday as planned.

Mitsubishi said its China sales dived 63 percent to 2,340 vehicles in September from 6,307 a year earlier.


Mazda’s sales in China sank nearly 36 percent to 13,258 vehicles for the month.

Japan and China have been at odds over the sovereignty of a group of tiny islands in the East China Sea.

Tensions boiled over last month with anti-Japanese protests and riots sweeping dozens of Chinese cities.

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