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In 1980, the U.S. produced 56 times more vehicles than China. China's vehicle production has been growing since then, while U.S. vehicle production was hit hard in the recent economic downturn. In the year 2008, China produced 9.5 million vehicles, while the U.S. produced 8.7 million vehicles.

Vehicles Produced in the U.S. and China, 1980-2008
Line graph showing the number of vehicles produced in China and the U.S. for various years starting in 1980. In the year 2008 Chinese production surpassed the U.S by 0.8 million vehicles. For more detailed information, see the table below.

Supporting Information

Vehicle Production in the U.S. and China, 1980-2008 (Million Vehicles)
Year U.S. China
1980 8.01 0.14
1981 7.94 0.11
1982 6.99 0.13
1983 9.22 0.24
1984 10.92 0.32
1985 11.65 0.44
1986 11.34 0.37
1987 10.93 0.47
1988 11.24 0.65
1989 10.87 0.59
1990 9.78 0.51
1991 8.81 0.71
1992 9.71 1.06
1993 10.87 1.30
1994 12.26 1.35
1995 12.01 1.43
1996 11.85 1.46
1997 12.15 1.58
1998 12.03 1.63
1999 13.05 1.83
2000 12.80 2.07
2001 11.45 2.33
2002 12.30 3.34
2003 12.12 4.55
2004 11.99 5.07
2005 11.98 5.67
2006 11.29 7.57
2007 10.78 8.89
2008 8.70 9.51

Source: Ward's Automotive Group, Ward's World Motor Vehicle Data 2009, Southfield, MI, 2009.

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