US-China trade war may slow sputtering car industry further

A tariff change will make China-made vehicles less competitive

The United States-China trade spat is a spanner in the works for carmakers looking to export more models made in the Middle Kingdom.

Pity, since Chinese-made cars are just beginning to meet quality standards acceptable to consumers in mature markets.

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on May 25, 2019, with the headline 'Trade war may slow sputtering car industry further'. Print Edition | Subscribe