China: World’s biggest car market grinding to a halt.

By Mark Andrews


COVID lockdowns and semi-conductor crisis paralyse China’s auto industry; Australian impacts yet to be felt

The sixth week of an intensifying COVID lockdown in Shanghai and the ongoing global semi-conductor shortage have all but stopped vehicle production in China, the world’s biggest auto market.

On Monday this week (May 9), Tesla’s Shanghai production line again fell silent during the latest stoppage in a string since March. After an earlier localised two-day lockdown that month, the Tesla plant was suspended from March 28 as the entire eastern side of the city entered what was billed as a four-day lockdown.

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Mark Andrews has written about everything from Japanese houses to heli hikes on New Zealand glaciers, test drives of Chinese cars to bar and restaurant reviews. He currently specialises in travel articles and reviews of Chinese cars plus articles about the Chinese auto industry.

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