* Honda and Nissan post strongest month in 2016
* Toyota quickest since March, Ford since Jan
* China overall vehicle sales data due on Wednesday
BEIJING, Oct 11 Honda and Nissan
reported on Tuesday their strongest monthly vehicles
sales growth for China this year in September, thanks to a tax
cut on small engine vehicles and comparatively weak growth for
the same month last year.
Competitor Ford posted its strongest growth since
January, while Toyota sales increased the fastest since
The Chinese auto market, the world's largest, has rebounded
strongly since October last year when the central government cut
sales tax on vehicles with engines of 1.6 litres or smaller in
response to slower sales in the weakening economy.
That tax cut will continue to drive strong growth as
consumers rush to buy cars before its planned expiry at the end
of the year, according to analysts and industry officials.
"This will be a pretty big stimulus for Q4," said Yale
Zhang, managing director of consultancy Automotive Foresight.
The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (CAAM)
will report sales growth for the market overall on Wednesday,
with Zhang predicting top-line growth of 25-30 percent.
Honda posted the quickest growth among automakers reporting
Tuesday, with a 46.5 percent year-on-year increase for the
"The primary reason is new models plus added on top of that
SUVs are very popular," said Zhu Linjie, a Beijing-based
spokesman for Honda.
Sales of its recently launched Civic sedan and Elysion
multi-purpose vehicle more than quadrupled, with sales of XR-V
and Vezel sport-utility vehicles (SUVs) growing at double-digit
Ford similarly reported strong SUV sales, as wealthier
Chinese, often restricted by the government to buying one
vehicle in many major cities, continue to upgrade to larger
China's auto sales have outstripped expectations this year,
with CAAM reporting last month that sales grew 11.4 percent for
January to August, compared to its projection in January of 6
percent annual growth for 2016.
(Reporting by Jake Spring; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)