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Suspension of CR-V sales hits Honda in China

Social media claims of gasoline smells in the cabin triggered recall

The CR-V sport utility vehicle, once the top-selling Honda model in China, has not been seen in showrooms since early March. (Photo by Yu Nakamura)

GUANGZHOU -- An unexpected complication in a recall of the popular CR-V sport utility vehicle has dented Honda Motor's Chinese sales significantly.

The Japanese automaker has been thriving in China in recent years. Honda's sales here jumped 33% on the year in 2015, 24% in 2016 and 16% in 2017. It became the country's fourth-ranked automaker in sales last year, surpassing Toyota Motor. The popularity of SUVs fueled the momentum.

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