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China's auto industry faces export challenge

By Zhang Yi (Guangming Daily)

13:28, December 01, 2011

Edited and Translated by People's Daily Online

China's vehicle exports increased nearly 250,000 units in the first 10 months of the year from a year earlier, contributing 54 percent of the country's vehicle production and sales growth during the period.

Exports have become the main driving force behind the growth in the country's vehicle production and sales this year. The China Association of Automobile Manufacturers predicts that the country's annual vehicle exports may reach a record high of more than 800,000 units this year. However, certain challenges lurk despite strong export growth.

Sharp contrast: Over 18 million cars produced, only 580,000 exported

China has been leading the world in both the production and sales of vehicles for two consecutive years in 2009 and 2010, producing and selling more than 18 million vehicles a year

Zhi Luxun, deputy director of the Department of Mechanic, Electronic and Hi-tech Industry under the Ministry of Commerce, said that automobile trade accounts for around 10 percent of global trade, a proportion higher than that of any other goods.

China exported 580,000 vehicles last year, accounting for 3 percent of its total vehicle output. Even the expected record-high annual vehicle exports of 800,000 units in 2011 will only account for 4 percent of the country’s total output.

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