(Yicai Global) April 12 -- Seven Chinese regions -- Guangdong, Chongqing, Shanghai, Jilin, Guangxi, Hubei, and Beijing -- produced more than 2 million vehicles each last year, data from the National Bureau of Statistics shows. The top three were Guangdong, Chongqing, and Shanghai.
A record-breaking 28,119,000 vehicles were made in China last year, up 14.5 percent from the previous year, and an all-time high of 28,028,000 were sold, marking a 13.7 percent increase, per China Association of Automobile Manufacturers data.
Guangdong, which is home to several carmakers including Dongfeng Nissan Passenger Vehicle Co., Guangqi Honda Automobile Co., GAC Toyota Motor Co. and BYD Company Ltd., returned to the top last year with an output of 2,800,600 units.
Guangdong benefited from automobile manufacturers' ability to take advantage of increased consumption, insiders said. As sport utility vehicles become popular among consumers, auto companies' SUV sales in Guangdong were strong last year.
Chongqing ranked second with 2,663,400 vehicles. The auto and electronics and information industries have long been key trades in Chongqing. After decades of development, output in the city's auto sector reached CNY538 billion (USD78 billion) last year. Chongqing Changan Automobile Co., which is headquartered in Chongqing, is China's fourth largest car manufacturer.
Shanghai, Jilin and Guangxi ranked third, fourth and fifth, respectively. Though Guangxi is economically underdeveloped, and it fell from fourth to fifth last year, it has a booming auto industry, particularly in Liuzhou.
Liuzhou's automobile production numbers surpassed 2.3 million in 2015, putting it in the top three Chinese cities by total output.
Hubei 466,100-unit increase gave it the biggest growth among car producing areas last year. The province ascended the ranks from seventh to sixth. Guangdong recorded the second-largest gain -- 409,500. Production numbers rose by more than 300,000 in Beijing and Jilin.
Geographically, six industry clusters -- the Yangtze River Delta, the Pearl River Delta, the Liaoning-Jilin region, the Beijing-Tianjin region, central Hubei, and the Chengdu-Chongqing region -- have formed in China's automobile industry.
Anhui, Jiangsu, Hebei, and Liaoning each put out between 1 and 1.5 million unit.
Many regions are eager to develop auto projects as the automobile industry is an important one in China that can help boost upstream and downstream sectors as well as local economies.