China Imports More Motor Vehicles In First Half Year

In the first half year , China’s auto imports grew rapidly , as world auto giants turned to the Chinese market after the United States economic slump and rocketing oil prices drove sales down on U.S. and European markets, Xinhua news agency quoted the General Administration of Customs as saying on Tuesday.

Domestic demand for vehicles with large-engine capacities also strengthened as many people bought in advance of a consumption tax hike, the administration added.

Start From January to June, China bought 212,000 motor vehicles from abroad, up 53.2 percent from the same period of last year. The growth rate was 18.3 percentage points higher than the year-earlier level.

The arrivals were valued at US$7.74 billion, up 71.3 percent.

The total included 108,000 off-road vehicles, up 78.9 percent. The growth rate was 26 percentage points higher than the average for the total. Their proportion was up to 51.5 percent from 44 percent a year ago.

Around 92,000 vehicles each with an engine displacement of at least 3 liters were imported, up 86.9 percent. The growth rate was 33.7 percentage points higher than the average. Their proportion was up to 43.9 percent from 35.9 percent a year earlier.

Japan, the European Union, the Republic of Korea and the United States were the top four sources for China’s auto imports.


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