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The world, it is a-changing. No longer is the US the largest car market on the planet. It has been surpassed by the nation that many say will eventually become the Big Man on Campus in a variety of ways, China.

Chinese Car Market

Photo: AP / Ng Han Guan

  1. A staggering 17.4 million vehicles were sold in China last year. Industry observers feel that the Red Nation’s dominance in the car world will only continue as more and more car companies set up shop on the other side of the Great Wall, while at the same time more and more Chinese fill their pockets with dispoble income.
  2. America is the second largest car market with 14.5 million vehicles being moved in the Red, White and Blue last year.
  3. Japan held steady at number three by moving a mere 5.2 million vehicles last year. As of the time of this writing, there were no confirmation as to exactly what percentage of these sales were the result of Godzilla’s rampage of June 2012.
  4. Brazil takes the four spot on the list by having 3.6 million cars and trucks being sold in the nation o’ thongs in 2012.
  5. The fifth spot on the list shows that at least one European nation has an economic pulse. There were 3.3 million vehicles sold in Germany in 2012. Many feel that within the next six years, Russia will surpass Germany in the car market rankings.

About the author: Andrew Greene


Now playing the role of grumpy old man in the foothills of Northern California’s Gold Country, Andrew has had a life-long love affair with vehicles of all sorts, from the bicycle he pedaled across the continent in 1991 to the armored personnel carriers he drove in the Army to the bamboo rafts, elephants, motorcycle taxis, ferries and buses he traveled by during the 13 years he lived and worked in South East Asia. Always eager to learn more about how the people of the world get from here to there in their day-today lives, he, a professional journalist, has been covering the vehicle industry for years.


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