China is officially the world’s largest auto market. With an estimated 13.6 million vehicles sold in 2009, the Chinese market grew by about 45 percent between ’08 and ’09. American sales of cars and light trucks however, plunged by about 21% in 2009 to around 10.4 million units.

The growth exhibited by the Chinese market out-performed J.D. Power & Associates predictions. This just reaffirms China’s status as a rising world economy, having over-taken Germany last year as the world’s largest exporter, and they are expected to overtake Japan soon as the world’s second largest economy.

China has long been expected to eventually become the world’s largest auto market, but not until 2020, the latest economic crisis slowed the U.S. economy to the point where China could take over, and sales are expected to climb even further in 2010. Both GM and Ford have seen astronomical increases in their Chinese sales figures for 2009.

-By Stephen Calogera

Source: Detroit News

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  • Adrian

    It is known that China will become a major competitor to the U.S one day. And the day has come. I think America has to stop outsourcing and bring back jobs here.

  • freedml

    Number of units sold does NOT the largest market make. The average price of cars in the US is 4-5 times that of cars in China. So, while they may have bought more cars, the market here is still FOUR TIMES bigger.