It’s a serious question! A lot has changed in the Chinese Automotive industry since I bought my Chinese car 8 years ago, come and find out if Chinese cars can now stand up to their international competition.

The automotive industry in China has been the largest in the world measured by automobile unit production since 2008. Since 2009, annual production of automobiles in China exceeds that of the European Union or that of the United States and Japan combined.

The traditional “Big Four” domestic car manufacturers are SAIC Motor, Dongfeng, FAW and Chang’an. Other Chinese car manufacturers are Beijing Automotive Group, Brilliance Automotive, BYD, Chery, Geely, Jianghuai (JAC), Great Wall, and Guangzhou Automobile Group. In addition, several multinational manufacturers have partnerships with domestic manufacturers.

While most of the cars manufactured in China are sold within China, exports reached 814,300 units in 2011. China’s home market provides its automakers a solid base and Chinese economic planners hope to build globally competitive auto companies that will become more and more attractive and reliable over the years.

China’s automobile industry had mainly Soviet origins (plants and licensed auto design were founded in the 1950s, with the help of the USSR) and had small volumes for the first 30 years of the republic, not exceeding 100–200 thousands per year. Since the early 1990s, it has developed rapidly. China’s annual automobile production capacity first exceeded one million in 1992. By 2000, China was producing over two million vehicles. After China’s entry into the World Trade Organization (WTO) in 2001, the development of the automobile market accelerated further. Between 2002 and 2007, China’s national automobile market grew by an average 21 percent, or one million vehicles year-on-year. In 2009, China produced 13.79 million automobiles, of which 8 million were passenger cars and 3.41 million were commercial vehicles and surpassed the United States as the world’s largest automobile producer by volume. In 2010, both sales and production topped 18 million units, with 13.76 million passenger cars delivered, in each case the largest by any nation in history. In 2014, total vehicle production in China reached 23.720 million, accounting for 26% of global automotive production.

The number of registered cars, buses, vans, and trucks on the road in China reached 62 million in 2009, and is expected to exceed 200 million by 2020. The consultancy McKinsey & Company estimates that China’s car market will grow tenfold between 2005 and 2030.

The main industry group for the Chinese automotive industry is the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers (中国汽车工业协会).


29 thoughts on “Are Chinese CARS Getting GOOD? Or still CRAP!?”

  1. I'm seeing lots of Havals, SAIC MGs and BYDs on our roads! Quality is way better than expected. MG ZS EV is a way better car than even I expected but off course I will like get myself a BYD Atto 3 which is off course way better. The ZS EV is still very hard to disappoint. Haval is still very popular Chinese car on our turf mostly driven by…. NON Chinese! New H6 and Jolion are designed by a former European car designer. When I close doors of all Chinese cars, they have solid European car like thunk noise.

  2. Since it is already been 4 years ago, can u talk about the Zhejiang Geely Holding Group, because i've been looking into the EV volvo's, they seem pretty nice but are there any caveats? A walk through in the assembly line would be a surplus, just to see like, did they change anything or they keep up the heart of volvo trying to build a safe car?

  3. By your reasoning, the Chinese people should boycott the CCP, no? Mao killed probably 1/2 of the population (yes, hyperbole abused here). Fact is, the CCP is the one brainwashing and forcing people what to think, and it's to their interest to stay in power to unite the people in some way, and it just happens to be nationalism. Evil nationalism, I have to add. The Chinese weren't the only victims of the Imperial Army. Just ask the old Koreans or Vietnamese. Why the Viets are able to move forward? We understand war is evil, and evil things happen in war time. Again, just look at what Mao did to his own people. Not only that, the idiot Pol Pot copied him and murdered millions of Khmer people.

    As for Made in China products, good luck with reliability. That goes against their business model. And because of that, China is the most irresponsibly wasteful country in the world: they consume all the resources to make disposable things to go off to the landfill very quickly. In that regard, we should avoid Chinese made (and especially Chinese designed) products as much as we can. Spend a little more to help the earth. I mean, why on earth do they keep churning out these cheap Li-ion batteries with next to 0 capacity? The materials (besides the rare earth) used to make the batteries themselves are just wasted. But the answer is clear: their cheating mentality justifies making them to make a buck or two. Earth be damned.

  4. Hi. I don't think it'll be better, any chinese designed brand, until communism is destroyed and replaced by genuine democracy.
    Buy a Honda, it's a sweet spot (Nissan Mitsubishi, Mazda, Toyota even, aren't as good and balanced, including the service, to the amazing Honda).

    God bless, Rev. 21:4

  5. I am planning on buying a car, and Chinese cars are becoming popular here.
    Really the only question I want answered for Chinese cars is "are they safe?"
    For European cars, they have safety institutions that rank and test cars safety, the same for the US, but I could not find the same for Chinese cars. Perhaps because they are only available in Chinese.

  6. What about dongfeng e11k 2021 electric car. I was thinking about buying but I couldn't find really sold info on that car. Pls help me out anybody ?

  7. I didn’t know that China manufactured their own brand of car, but going on the shite they usually manufacture I would imagine the cars are absolutely shite too.

  8. Japan still denies and downplays their bullshit in ww2. Paramount to Germans saying Holocaust never happened.

    That’s not to say Chinese people are in the right either for hating Japanese people.

  9. American and European , German cars are better then chinnise and Japanese. They don't build Japanese cars good! or asian cars? American cars have stronger parts and German as well. No wonder the parts are cheap in all Japanese cars are trash back in the day I heard they would have lots of issues.

  10. Chinese people don’t buy Japanese car because of the past history, lol. They wouldn’t believe how many German cars are out there in France, Poland, etc…

  11. As this is a 3 year old video, they have picked up quality equal it American cars. Or American cars have dropped there quality

  12. Although it has improved, I won't still buy or patronize it… Also, most Chinese made cars (I suspect) are patterned from International brands which they are good in copying. LOL

  13. As an owner of a Subaru, Chinese knockoff one at least won't have the head gasket issue lol
    But as far as I'm concerned, brands like Ssangyong was literally sucked out after being bought by SAIC. That's why (at least I believe) SAIC makes a lot of SUVs, because back in the days Ssangyong was known for decent SUVs.

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