The Development of Antitrust Enforcement in China’s Automotive Industry

By Wei Huang & Bei Yin 

In China’s automotive industry, the high prices of imported vehicles, the excessive ratio between the total price for vehicle spare parts and the vehicle selling price, and the high prices charged for after-sale service have been widely criticized. Following the promulgation of China’s Anti-monopoly Law, the Enforcement Agency initiated investigations against relevant undertakings in China’s automotive industry and, in identifying the causes of the problems, pointed directly to the relevant monopolistic conduct engaged in by undertakings in the automotive industry. This article summarizes the ten-year antitrust enforcement in China’s automotive industry, illustrating the features of enforcement, analyzing the reasons for such features, and exploring the influence of these enforcement actions on the development of China’s antitrust law.

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