GUANGZHOU -- Nissan Motor's new-automobile sales jumped 10.7% on the year to 135,800 units in China last month, helped by rush purchases ahead of a tax incentive's scheduled expiration this year.
Sales of the Sylphy sedan, eligible for the small-car tax break, rose 4.7% to 40,305. The popular category of sport utility vehicles also proved solid. Sales of the Qashqai small SUV, which qualifies for the tax incentive, quadrupled to 15,861 units. Nissan's sales of more than 40,000 SUVs accounted for 35% or so of all passenger vehicles sold by the automaker in the Chinese market.
January-November sales grew 9.3% on the year to 1,192,100 units, putting Nissan's full-year target of 1.3 million within reach.
Nissan and rivals fought throughout 2016 to be the top-selling Japanese automaker in China. Now, with less than a month to go, Nissan is almost certain to keep the crown. It moved about 77,000 more vehicles than the 1,114,822 units sold by second-ranked Honda Motor in the first 11 months of the year.