Financial Times reports China may build more vehicles than Europe next year for the first time in the history of the automotive industry. All told, manufacturers in China are projected to produce 19.6 million light vehicles this year compared to the 18.3 million slated to be built in Europe. The numbers come from figures compiled from five analyst groups by Financial Times, including IHS, LMC Auto and PwC consultancies, as well as UBS and Credit Suisse banks. As the report highlights, Europe's numbers include countries like Turkey and Russia.

Those nations will help push Europe to produce around 20 percent of vehicles manufactured worldwide, down from 35 percent in 2001 and 50 percent in 1970. Meanwhile, China continues to enjoy a production boom, with the country expected to build 10 times the number of vehicles it did in 2000. In 2013, China is projected to account for 23.8 percent of global light vehicle production.


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      gregmlr
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who's surprised? Europe's auto industry (and economy) is stuck in reverse.
      Lucky Vanos
      • 1 Year Ago
      Europes price of Gas is already sky high & will only rise higher, with high unemployment Companies moving to Asia the Euro market will shrink further.
      Rob J
      • 1 Year Ago
      A country of 1.3 billion people is producing more cars than a "continent" of 700 million? Please tell me more.
        tachyon particle
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Rob J
        I always wondered why China produces more "?" than said country is amazing. It's 1.3 billion people versus, not 1.3 billion people. Really!
      Shiftright
      • 1 Year Ago
      Well, that's one form of population control
      Todor Angelov
      • 1 Year Ago
      China is 1 country, yes huge, but 1. Europe is a continent with over 50 countries, of course not in all of are produced cars, but 50!
      user164
      • 1 Year Ago
      Population of Europe ~ 731 Million Population of China ~ 1.3 Billion Not counting Europe's better mass transit system (and higher population density?), it is no surprise that China will pass them in total production. China isn't necessarily better, they're just bigger than everyone else.
        Xi Gua
        • 1 Year Ago
        @user164
        China has electric powered bullet trains, much more than Europe does.
          Val
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Xi Gua
          The area and population served by rapid mass transit in china is very small, only the eastern part of the country. China has built many bullet trains, yes, but the density of their high-speed rail network is lower than france, japan and germany.
        Famsert
        • 1 Year Ago
        @user164
        Europe has a better mass transit system and population density? lmao! talk about a broad statement
      SloopJohnB
      • 1 Year Ago
      Just like Japan, once China gets their domestic market quality up to better than international standards (?? JDM?) the world will beat a path to their door. The relative value of the renminbe/yuan will be a great advantage if China continues to artificially depress it.
        mbukukanyau
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        Japan lost its quality edge a while back
        tinted up
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SloopJohnB
        A huge difference between then and now is the standards that vehicles have to meet in many aspects. I've got an old 240z which was one of the great Japanese cars that stormed the US and aided in the massacre of the UK auto industry. The reason I bring it up is because my old 240z, as much as I love it, is a death box. It is MUCH harder to make vehicles that are on par for safety/emissions/economy, let alone getting through the process of getting the vehicles 'okayed' for sale in the US than it was 40 years ago. I know the Chinese have a leg up with the joint venturing going on, but they still have a long ways to go.
          Val
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tinted up
          How long though? 5 years? Less? Korea used t make cheap japanese knock-offs, now look at them.
      Xi Gua
      • 1 Year Ago
      http://co2now.org/current-co2/co2-now/
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        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        Pretty ironic since the US prides itself on being capitalist, but capitalism is what moves manufacturing outside the US.
          JonnyO
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          Reggie, the Walmarts and Targets of the world have a business model to source products at the cheapest rates available to them. If those cheap Chinese imports were no longer available to them then they would get them elsewhere. If the price goes up then so be it- people will gripe at first but they'll still need to get their basic wares and supplies. Such a move would require government intervention and thus the stores won't take a hit on their reputation, therefore they'll obediently follow. And if those jobs came to the US the manufacturers wouldn't have a problem finding people to fill the positions, provided they paid a market-competitive rate. If there aren't enough qualified candidates at $10/hr then the solution is to pay $11+/hr, not bitch and moan that nobody will take your under-market wage. My point isn't to promote the shameless right-winger who wants to cut costs below the bone nor the shameless left-winger who wants to stick their head in the sand when faced with cheap foreign labor. My point is that if you force a level playing field worldwide then you take location out of the equation and basic manufacturing is no longer a race to the bottom.
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      ilikedags
      • 1 Year Ago
      the problem with Chinese cars is that they all look the same.
        clquake
        • 1 Year Ago
        @ilikedags
        They don't look the same, they look like other brands
          bonehead
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          im pretty sure that comment by ilikedags was a veiled mildly racist comment. I think it was supposed to be a joke along the lines of "all chinese look the same"
          imoore
          • 1 Year Ago
          @clquake
          It was a racist comment. It makes you more wary of who's trolling the internet nowadays.
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