GUANGZHOU, China — Another Chinese automaker is planning to come to the United States.
BYD Auto Co. wants to start volume exports of its own brand cars to the United States and Europe in the second half of next year or early 2009.
The automaker says it will display plug-in hybrids and electric cars at the Detroit auto show in January.
BYD Auto joins a handful of small Chinese automakers intending to enter the United States. But safety and emissions standards are stiff, and the automakers are small with inexperienced engineers and marketers.
BYD Auto, based in Shenzhen, has a history of brash predictions. For instance, the company has said it will be China's biggest-selling automaker by 2015. But this year sales will reach about 100,000, about half the production of one U.S. assembly plant.
The company sells gasoline-powered cars now but is targeting hybrids and battery-powered cars. Its parent company, BYD Co., is a leading maker of rechargeable batteries in the global market.