Exports of Chinese cars doubled last year to nearly 350,000. While this is hardly a drop in the bucket of global auto sales it is an indicator of just how serious China is in the car industry.
Last month DaimlerChrysler struck a deal with Chery Automotive to sell their cars in the US. this could happen as soon as 2009. Changfeng who partnered with Mitsubishi about ten years ago is showing examples of their export model SUV.
Chinese engineers that have gained experience in the American automotive industry have left their jobs at Ford and GM and are going back to China to develop new cars and power plants that will enter the world market before this decade is out.