GUANGZHOU, China, Feb 26 (Reuters) -Motor Co Ltd's Jan-Feb sales in China may have fallen around 20 percent year-on-year, including negative sales growth for February, the company's China head Kimiyasu Nakamura said on Tuesday.
, the most exposed of Japan's leading carmakers to China, said earlier in the month its China sales rose 22.2 percent in January from a year earlier, an improvement from a fall of 24 percent in December, although the figures were impacted by the timing of the week-long Lunar New Year holiday.
Showrooms in the world's largest auto market are often closed for much of China's Lunar New Year holiday, a week-long break that fell in January in 2012 but came in February this year.
Sales of Japanese carmakers plunged almost 50 percent in October after an outbreak of tension over a chain of disputed islands led to violent protests and a boycott of Japanese-branded goods in China. (Reporting by Kazunori Takada; Writing by Anne Marie Roantree; Editing by Jason Subler)