Japan's Carmakers Outrun Rivals in China

The six major automakers from Japan are coming on strong in the fastest-growing auto market, with new model rollouts and production expansion

Over the past year, Japanese automakers have surprised the global car industry by outperforming both European and U.S. rivals as a group in the hyper-kinetic Chinese auto market, the fastest-growing in the world. Japan's six major auto manufacturers operating on the mainland—Honda (HMC), Toyota Motor (TM), Nissan (NSANY), Mazda (MZDAF), Mitsubishi (MMTOF), and Suzuki—have grabbed roughly 27% of the market. Plus, they're coming on strong in 2006 with new product rollouts and capacity expansions (see BusinessWeek.com, 11/21/05, "Japan's Carmakers Find China's Fast Lane").

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