Indigenous Chinese car manufacturing has undergone rapid development in recent years. Some leading companies are now seeking to export cars, marking a major change in ambition. Manufacturers are helped by the scale of the domestic market, rising wages and greater levels of aspiration among consumers. Chinese companies are now hoping to catch up rivals in California in driverless and connected car technology. However, the obstacles to becoming a car exporting nation are many. Whilst there is reason to believe difficulties can be overcome, doing so will require a lot of work in the industry.
Key Questions Answered
- What are the prospects for exporting to Western nations?
- What is happening to the domestic market?
- How advanced is the car manufacturing industry in China?
- How can the industry solve fundamental problems?
- Examines the current state of the domestic market.
- Looks at the prospects for leading brands to export to the United States.
- Analyses the problem of having too many companies.
- Examines the progress towards high-end technology such as driverless cars.
- Indigenous car manufacturers are benefiting from a growing and increasingly sophisticated domestic market. This will help them to develop to the stage at which the products produced are ready for the export market.
- Exporting overseas will be a tough task given the historic differences between expectations of Chinese consumers and those from wealthy nations. However, the gap is closing and now brands such as Trumpchi are preparing to launch on the market in the United States.
- The level of consolidation in the Chinese car making industry is holding back development. Companies are not achieving the scale required to take on leading global manufacturers despite the favorable conditions imposed by the government.
Size of domestic market provides platform for overseas growth
Growth in disposable income provides a lucrative domestic market, but problems slow progress
Sports Utility Vehicles represent increasing aspiration, aiding Chinese brand development
Chinese car manufacturers are growing, contrasting with major global players
Domestic brands face tough task to expand overseas
Trumpchi in the United States: China could soon break internationally
Great Wall Motors exports continue to decline, signaling establishing China overseas will be difficult
Some markets are producing impressive growth for China
Chinese cars are becoming safer, enhancing export prospects
Future prospects damaged by too many manufacturers
Fragmented market makes competing against foreign players a tough task
Too many car makers are fundamentally weak, creating a drag on the industry
Loosening the 50% cap on foreign ownership is a growing possibility - ending it would improve the industry
Problems in industry are exacerbated in electric car development
Rapid development takes Chinese cars into new age, opening up export potential
Ambitious schedules announced for production of driverless cars
Chinese authorities both help and hinder development of driverless vehicles
Connected cars denote important development in Chinese car industry as consumer tastes change
China is moving towards selling cars overseas, but a lot of work lies ahead
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List of Tables
Table 1: Great Wall Motor Exports
Table 2: Dongfeng Partnership Sales Outlets in China
List of Figures
Figure 1: Chinese Average Annual Salary($000’s) - Forecast from 2017 onwards
Figure 2: Highest Selling SUVs in China, 2016 (000’s)
Figure 3: Number of new car registrations in China (millions)
Figure 4: Trumpchi EnSpirit
Figure 5: Value of Chinese Automotive Exports ($bn)
Figure 6: Qoros 3 Crash Testing
Figure 7: China new car sales market share, October 2015
Figure 8: Xu Shaoshi
Figure 9: Baidu Driverless Vehicle Testing
Figure 10: Roewe RX5 SUV