Double-digit sales. Soaring production. And millions of new consumers.
China's place in the auto industry is back and booming again.
With an estimated 13.6 million vehicles sold in 2009, the Chinese market grew by 45 percent and overtook the United States in units sold.
After an up-and-down ride through the 2000s, what does the next decade hold for China's auto industry?
The U.S.-China Automotive Exchange, SAE-China and China Automotive Talents Society, in partnership with Automotive News, will host the Global Automotive Leaders Summit April 24 at the Shangri-La Kerry Centre Hotel in Beijing.
More than 300 auto executives will gather for access to global counterparts and Chinese government officials.
Trends to be addressed include:
-- Direction of the world auto industry over the new decade.
-- Innovative solutions for a better automotive future.
-- The growing role of the Chinese auto industry.
Speakers include Wan Gang, China's minister of science and technology; Zhang Xiaoyu, vice chairman of the China Machinery Industry Federation; Joe Hinrichs, Ford Motor Co.'s group vice president for Asia Pacific and Africa; Rodney O'Neal, Delphi Automotive CEO; Thomas Weber, Daimler AG's head of group research and Mercedes-Benz car development; and Zhang Fangyou, CEO of Guangzhou Automotive Industry Group.
Summit registration includes the opportunity to tour the Beijing auto show on April 25.
For details and registration, visit www.autonews.com/globalsummit.