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China surpasses Japan as world's top auto exporter

Tesla EVs and Russian deliveries drive industry into lead

A SAIC Motor plant in Nanjing, China. SAIC was China's second-leading exporter of new energy vehicles in the first quarter after Tesla. (Photo by Tomoko Wakasugi)

CHONGQING, China -- China overtook Japan as the world's top auto exporter in the first quarter, spurred by rising demand for electric vehicles and increased deliveries to Russia.

China's automobile exports for the January-March period jumped 58% from a year earlier to 1.07 million units, according to the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

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