China November auto sales up 16 percent

Staff Writer
Columbus CEO

BEIJING (AP) — China's auto sales rose 16 percent in November as Japanese automakers extended a rebound in the world's biggest vehicle market.

An industry group, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers, said Tuesday that drivers bought 1.7 million sedans, sport-utility vehicles and other passenger vehicles.

Growth was down from October's 24 percent but November was one of the year's biggest months by volume.

CAAM said sales of Japanese brands outpaced the market, rising 19.2 percent. Japanese automakers are recovering from a slump suffered last year during tensions between Beijing and Tokyo over conflicting claims to uninhabited islands in the East China Sea.

The group said total vehicle sales, including trucks and buses, rose 5.7 percent to just over 2 million vehicles.