For the first time this year, China's auto imports outstripped exports in July to leave a 3.77 billion yuan trade deficit, according to statistics from the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.
Imports in the first six months were valued at 27.21 billion yuan, a 30 percent increase over the same period the previous year.
Larger displacement sedans remain the most imported vehicles, with those in the in 2-liter to 2.5-liter class growing the fastest, up a remarkable 584 percent in numbers and 628 percent in value over a year ago.
Commercial vehicles including trucks and buses comprised 76.5 percent of China's vehicle exports in the first half.
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