PARIS – Although China’s auto makers expect their white-hot market to grow 42.2% in 2004, following an unprecedented sales expansion in 2003 of about 70%, Volkswagen AG’s joint ventures still are swimming upstream. VW Jetta According to early figures, China's auto makers built and sold about 2.1 million units in 2003. Official government sales and production have not yet been released, but AID, a British consultant, says sales were 2,189,682 units, up 72.1%. However, a ...

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