Chinese car sales overtake America

Saturday 09 January 2010 01:00

China has overtaken the US as the world's largest auto market.

More than 13.5 million vehicles were sold in the country in 2009, figures showed yesterday. By comparison, 10.4 million cars and light trucks were sold in the US, the worst for the American automotive industry in 27 years.

China is even ahead of the US after subtracting 650,000 heavy industrial vehicles included in its count. The Chinese government originally aimed for 10 million sales for 2009, but its economic stimulus programme boosted the total. China's market grew by 45 per cent year-on-year. "This is even better than anyone expected," said Rao Da, secretary general of the China Passenger Car Association.

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