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.