BEIJING — China Automotive Industry Assn. reports that Chinese manufacturers produced about 1.5 million automotive engines in 1998, up 7% over 1997. Sales accounted for 1.44 million units. The report also says diesel engines claimed a larger market share over 1997, and independent engine makers have become a serious force in the country. Diesel engine sales claimed around 35% of the total in China in 1998, noticeably higher than that of gasoline engines. The rapid growth of the diesel ...

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