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Auto imports up nearly 50% in first 7 months
Last Updated(Beijing Time):2008-08-25 11:31

China's auto import grew faster in the first seven months of this year, as world auto giants turned to the Chinese market after the US economic slump and rocketing oil prices drove sales down on US and European markets, the General Administration of Customs said on Sunday.

Domestic demand for large-engine vehicles also strengthened as many people bought in advance of a consumption tax hike that is due to take effective on September 1, the administration added.

Between January and July, China imported 247,000 motor vehicles, a growth of some 48 percent on the same period of last year. The growth rate was 14.6 percentage points higher than the year-earlier level.

The arrivals were valued at $9.17 billion, up 66.3 percent.

Most of the imports were luxury cars.

Earlier report said 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 for the total. Their proportion was up to 43.9 percent from 35.9 percent a year ago.

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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