How long until mainstream Western automakers are wiped out by their opposite numbers from China? Fifteen years? Ten? Looking at the latest sales European sales figures, which reveal Chinese-built cars accounted for one in five new EVs in February, it’s easy to imagine it happening, and soon – at least until you dig a little deeper.
That one-in-five stat is shocking enough, but comparing this year’s numbers with last years reveals some even more alarming ones. Registrations of Chinese-made cars in Europe were up 45 percent this February compared with February 2023, and to prove that wasn’t a blip, the Jan-Feb increase was only fractionally lower at 43 percent.

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China Already Owns 20% Of The EU Market And That Number Continues To Grow

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