Toyota Motor Corp.'s China sales topped those of two major Japanese brands -- Nissan and Honda -- in June as well as over the first six months.
Deliveries at the Toyota brand continued to accelerate after turning positive in April, jumping 26 percent to top 149,000 in June, according to figures disclosed by Toyota’s joint ventures with FAW Group Corp. and GAC Motor Co.
The growth was led by new models developed on Toyota’s new vehicle platform known as Toyota New Global Architecture, including the Avalon, Corolla and Levin sedans as well as the RAV4 and Wildlander crossovers.
Cumulative deliveries at the Toyota brand in the first half rose 1.8 percent to approach 672,000.
June sales at the Nissan brand also rose for a third straight month, rising 4.5 percent to 136,929, but year-to-date volume dropped 17 percent to 596,342.
Honda brand volume remained weak, with June deliveries declining 4.1 percent to 142,363. Through June, deliveries fell 18 percent to 612,007.
Toyota’s China office disclosed plans in January to sell 1.76 million light vehicles under the Toyota and Lexus brands in the country this year, an increase of 8.6 percent from 2019, without providing a breakdown of the target for the two brands.
In 2019, the Japanese automaker sold 1.62 million cars and light trucks under the two brands, up 9 percent from a year earlier. The tally includes roughly 1.42 Toyota-badged vehicles and 200,000 Lexus vehicles, an increase of 8.4 percent and 25 percent, respectively, from 2018.
Toyota hasn’t released Lexus sales results for the first half of the year.
In 2019, the Honda brand’s China deliveries increased 8.5 percent to 1.55 million while local deliveries at the Nissan brand tallied 1.55 million, unchanged from 2018.