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Chinese electric subcompact cars on the assembly line

China and the automobile’s future

  • China has an oversized auto industry that is oriented primarily toward the domestic market
  • China’s car output is higher than the United States,’ but its vehicles tend to suffer from inferior quality and some are copies of foreign models
  • Technological change that is revolutionizing the global auto industry offers secondary players, such as China, a unique chance to quickly raise through the ranks

Since it abandoned Maoist dogmas decades ago, China has entered the auto business with a bang. Today, as the world’s largest vehicle manufacturer, it faces the steep challenge of efficiently utilizing its installed production capacity of 40 million units a year. Annual car sales in China are some 25 million, and exports not much above 1 million.

Another complication is the convergence of technologies that is transforming not only the automobile but also the social context in which it is used. Will China’s economic planners succeed in taking advantage of the window of opportunity that technology provides and turning a local giant into a global player?

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 Ken Davies
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What's inside
  • China has an oversized auto industry that is oriented primarily toward the domestic market
  • China’s car output is higher than the United States,’ but its vehicles tend to suffer from inferior quality and some are copies of foreign models
  • Technological change that is revolutionizing the global auto industry offers secondary players, such as China, a unique chance to quickly raise through the ranks
Who will benefit?
  • Report is targeted to the decision makers in cross country manufacturing – suppliers, manufacturers, logistics.
  • Also considered useful for the administrative university facilities, to better understand the possibe effects of current decisions.
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