No Beijing Bailout for Chinese Automakers

With China's economy cooling, sales growth is way down at the country's 100-plus carmakers. But the government shows no sign of intervening
Chinese automaker Geely reported sales for October dropped 7.4% from last year.

As China's economy boomed during the past few years, dozens of Chinese companies jumped into the car business, setting up factories to produce autos for the growing middle class. Thanks to those new automakers, many of them backed by local governments, today there are more than 100 Chinese auto manufacturers with a combined production capacity of over 9.6 million vehicles, according to Changjiang Securities. Problem is, Chinese purchased only 8.8 million vehicles last year, according to official figures.

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