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This post is informed by stories from Automotive NewsWire and USA Today.


China’s Minister of Industry and Information, Miao Wei, reported recently that China exported a total of 824,000 vehicles in 2011, a 50% increase over the prior year.  He said he expects China will export more than 1 million units within the next year or two.

Mr. Miao credited the export increase in 2011 to the increasing number of vehicles available in China for export and the maturing of the nation’s domestic manufacturers.

What do you think that means?

In plain English, what it really means  is that the decline in domestic demand for vehicles in 2011 in China made it imperative for China’s auto manufacturers to export vehicles-just to keep their assembly plants operating.


According to USAToday on the topic of U.S. made automobile exports, “More than 1.5 million new cars were exported last year, up 38% from 2009, Commerce Department data show. Last year’s automotive exports were valued at $36.7 billion.”

Here are 2 questions to spur your thinking.

Question 1: Which Automaker exported the most autos from the US last year?

This company's automobile exports topped $7 billion last year.That's a mere 68% increase over 2010.

Question 2: Which country put punitive duties on automotive exports from the other?

What is our point?

I remember when the Chinese were planning on exporting auto’s to the U.S.

Why are the Chinese selling cars everywhere else in the world but not here in the U.S.?

We don’t have the answer to that yet, but we think that it may be a “tell” that there is more hardball to be played in the field of trade relations… and currency valuations.

What do you think?

3 thoughts on “Automotive Exports- 2011 Data China Compared to US

  1. Jim Glass says:

    I think the Chinese should continue selling cars everywhere but in the US. Is anyone in the US being hurt by this? I’m not.

  2. Karel Deppe says:

    I cannot speak for the whole world but there are hardly any exports of Chinese cars to Europe yet. All European countries, especially the ones with their own car manufacturing will have demands on safety and environment that will forbid Chinese cars to enter their markets since they cannot meet these standards.
    Maybe they sell their cars in neighbouring Asian and some African markets.

  3. Miketa says:

    The Chinese recently opened an assembly plant in Bulgaria, which is part of the EU, so they already stepped in.
    As per the safety and environment regulations, they will adapt the same as the Indians did with Tata.
    China already exports cars in South America so no surprise if they are here in very near future. Hopefully their prices will continue to grow so we will have a fair competition.

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