Mazda Motor Corp and its joint ventures in China sold 15,734 cars in the country in March, down 25.2 percent from a year earlier, the Japanese automaker said on Wednesday. That compares with a 24.7 percent fall in February, though those figures take account the week-long Spring Festival holiday.
Sales in the first three months of the year came to 45,235 vehicles, down 21.5 percent from the same period a year earlier.
Japanese carmakers’ sales in China fell slumped following violent anti-Japan protests in September 2012 after Japan nationalised two East China Sea islands. China claims the islands as its own territory.