The Chinese market for OEM automotive electronics will have more than tripled by 2012 from US$1 billion in 2003, says a new study by Research and Markets. Compiled from research with Tier 1 design engineers and component suppliers, the report covers 35 auto electronics systems from memory seats and night vision to lane departure warning and blind spot detection. Power train will dominate the market, while driver assistance will see the fastest growth. To order the report, go to http://rbi.ims.ca/4391-506.
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