China May Take Car Sales Lead from USA in 2009
China’s economy continues to grow quickly. It looks as though that, along with the slump in US car sales, likely will lead to China taking the world sales lead for cars (I would imagine for the first time ever the USA has not held this title). China 2009 Vehicle Sales May Rise 28% on Stimulus:
Full-year sales may reach as high as 12 million vehicles, Chen Bin, chief director of the industry coordination department at the National Development and Reform Commission, said today at a conference in Tianjin. U.S. sales will likely be around 10.5 million, according to both General Motors Co. and Ford Motor Co.
China has boosted auto sales this year through tax cuts and subsidies as a part of a wider 4 trillion yuan ($586 billion) stimulus that has shielded the country from the worst of the global recession. U.S. sales have slumped 28 percent, pushing the old GM and Chrysler LLC into bankruptcy. Last year’s total was 13.2 million, compared with 9.4 million in China.
Partially due to the strong internal Chinese demand (and partially due to Chinese regulation) India actually exports more cars than China. 5 times as many cars are purchased in China as are bought in India.
Indian Car Exports Beat China’s
[In India] Total exports, including vans, sport-utility vehicles and trucks, rose 18 percent to 229,809.
In contrast, China’s exports slumped 60 percent to 164,800 between January and July, according to government data. Vehicles produced in Thailand for export declined 43 percent to 263,768, according to the Thai Automotive Club.
South Korean exports dropped 31 percent to 1.12 million units, according to the Korea Automobile Manufacturers Association. Japan, the world’s largest automobile producer and exporter, shipped 1.77 million cars, trucks and buses.
Related: The Relative Economic Position of the USA is Likely to Decline – Manufacturing Cars in the USA – Rodgers on the US and Chinese Economies