Mazda Motor says China car sales fall 35 pct in Sept

BEIJING, Oct 4 (Reuters) - Japanese automaker Mazda Motor Corp said on Thursday it sold 13,258 cars in China in September, down 35 percent on a year earlier.

In the first nine months of the year, sales fell 6 percent from a year ago to 148,116 cars, it said.

Mazda operates a three-way car venture in China with Ford Motor and Chongqing Changan Automobile Co Ltd .

(Reporting by Fang Yan in BEIJING and Fayen Wong in SHANGHAI; Editing by Richard Pullin)

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