Economia e Politica Industriale

, Volume 45, Issue 3, pp 403–424 | Cite as

Analysis of the relevance of China’s development for main European automotive manufacturing countries

  • Andoni Maiza
  • Ricardo Bustillo


This article examines the impact of China’s growth on the main EU automotive manufacturing countries during the last decade. We study to what extent China represents a significant final destination market and a major partner inside EU automakers’ international value chain, through the analysis of final and intermediate products trade flows, value added trade flows as well as intra-industry trade shares. The research evidences that, in a critical context characterised by stagnation in developed economies, Germany has attained a sharp increase in exports of domestic value added to the Chinese car market. On the contrary, the other EU countries have not succeeded in their attempt to build a stable industrial relation with China regarding the automotive sector.


China EU Automotive Fragmentation Trade 

JEL Classification

F23 F10 F62 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Applied Economics IUniversity of the Basque Country UPV/EHUSan SebastianSpain
  2. 2.Department of Applied Economics VUniversity of the Basque Country UPV/EHUBilbaoSpain

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