From BBC News:
China will overtake Japan to become Asia Pacific’s largest carmaker by 2010, producing 11 million vehicles, says a global automotive research firm.
Japan made 10.8 million cars in 2006, but this is expected to gradually fall to 10 million units by 2010, said JD Power-Automotive Resources Asia.
Meanwhile, Chinese production will grow, despite an expected slowdown to 14.3% this year from 28.4% in 2006. The survey said Japanese producers were shifting production to China.[Full Text]