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What's the ratio of cars to people in China?

The answer will give you an idea of how many cars are on the road there.

By / May 24, 2011

In this photo taken April 21, a new Baojun 630 sedan is displayed at the Shanghai International Auto Show in Shanghai, China. General Motors unveiled the first model of its new car brand Baojun aimed specifically at the Chinese market.

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If you guessed one car per 40 people in China, you're right. That's compared to one car per 1.2 people in the US. China's population, based on a 2009 World Bank report, is just over 1.3 billion people. You can read more about the burgeoning world auto market in staff writer Greg Lamb's article within a special Monitor 'FutureFocus' on the global economy.

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