Honda Motor’s China passenger car sales rose 16.8% year on year in January to 38,022 units, outperforming a 7.76% fall in the country’s overall car market.

Honda competes with Toyota Motor and other major global auto makers in China, according to Reuters.

Guangzhou Honda is a manufacturing joint venture with Guangzhou Automobile Group, the parent of Hong Kong-listed Denway Motors.

Dongfeng Honda is a tie-up with Dongfeng Motor, China’s third-largest automaker, whose sales last month slipped almost 20%.