Anhui-based JAC Motors reported that its December sales - including cars, commercial vehicles and chassis - increased nearly 52 percent year-on-year to 37,800 units.
SAIC Motor Corp Ltd recently announced that its 2012 sales increased 12 percent to a record high of 4.49 million vehicles from all-round growth in its own companies and joint ventures.
Mazda's 2012 sales in China fell 12.9 percent from the previous year to 187,087 units, the company announced on Jan 4.
Domestic automaker Zhejiang Geely Holding Group exported more than 11,000 vehicles in December, bringing its full-year total of overseas shipments to 100,300 units.
China's sovereign wealth fund plans to buy a 4 to 10 percent stake in German automaker Daimler AG, according to industry sources.
Japan's vehicle production in October dropped 12.4 percent from a year earlier to hit 792,166 units, down for the second consecutive month.
Japanese automaker Toyota's output in China was down 61 percent in October, said Kyodo news agency on Thursday.
Sales by German premium carmaker Audi AG grew almost a third in the first 10 months of this year in China, its biggest single market in the world.
About one-third of car dealers in China missed their sales targets in the first half of 2012 and 49 percent posted losses, J. D. Power's survey showed.
China's electric-vehicle industry is falling behind other major auto markets as sales decline sharply and market share remains low.
Geely sold a combined 43,000 vehicles in China and overseas in September, a rise of 43 percent from August, and 33 percent more than last September.
Prices of both domestically made and imported vehicles in 36 Chinese cities continue to fall, according to statistics from the price supervision center at the National Development and Reform Commission, China's top economic regulator.
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