Auto Sales In Rural Markets Boost China To No. 1

From AP:

Minivan salesman Zhu Yi has a problem that most auto dealers elsewhere would happily swap for their own — he doesn’t have enough vehicles to satisfy customer demand.

“Sales are exploding,” says Zhu, a 32-year-old manager at a General Motors Co. joint venture dealership in Chengdu, pointing to charts on his laptop that vividly plot the steep incline.

Car buyers in Chengdu, a grimy city in southwestern China’s Sichuan province best known for its giant pandas and spicy food, face waits of up to several weeks for some popular models, he says.

“We simply don’t have the cars people want. Sales could be climbing even faster.”

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