China Says Some U.S. Auto Makers Dumped Cars

An investigation found several U.S. auto makers including General Motors and Chrysler Group were selling vehicles in China at prices up to 21.5%t below their market value.

Beijing said on May 5 that U.S. auto makers including General Motors had dumped vehicles in the Chinese market or enjoyed unfair subsidies -- but it stopped short of taking action against the companies.

"Sedans and off-road vehicles of a cylinder capacity of above 2.5 liters that were manufactured in and imported from the United States were dumped in China and received subsidies," the commerce ministry said.

The domestic industry making similar cars therefore "suffered substantial damages", the ministry said.

The investigation -- launched in November 2009 -- found several U.S. auto makers including General Motors and Chrysler Group were selling vehicles in China at prices up to 21.5%t below their market value.

The companies also received subsidies of up to 12.9%, it found.

China will not levy anti-dumping duties or countervailing taxes on the vehicles for the time being, the ministry said, without elaborating.

No one at GM or Chrysler was immediately available to comment.

Copyright Agence France-Presse, 2011

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