Chinese buy 22 million cars in 2013 – the countryside powers a new car boom, while cities suffocate. DetN says it’s not true

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As of today, China is the world’s first country to report annual auto sales exceeding 20 million, and not by a hair. Sales in China rose a surprising 13.9 percent year-on-year to 21.98 million units, exceeding expectations, the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers CAAM said today. According to the association, that number could exceed 24 million by the end of this year.
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Saved by Kei cars and imports, Japanese car market ends 2013 flat

1968 Subaru 360 meets modern day Panamera in Toyota City

1968 Subaru 360 meets modern day Panamera in Toyota City

2013 automobile sales (all classes) in Japan ended the year essentially flat, with 5.375 million units sold this year versus 5.369 million last year. Along with a last, tax-induced sales spurt in December, the Japanese car market was spared the embarrassment of negative numbers by strong sales of mini vehicles and imports. [Continue Reading]