China exported 73,300 vehicles in July, nbd.com.cn reported, via Gasgoo.com, citing the China Association of Automobile Manufacturers.

The tally was off 12.73% from June but up 57.7% year on year. Passenger vehicles accounted for 44,800 of the month's export volume.

Over 454,400 vehicles have been exported since the beginning of the year, over 57% higher than in the first seven months of 2010. Passenger and commercial vehicles accounted for 262,500 exports and 191,900 exports, respectively. Chery was again the strongest exporter, followed by Changan, JAC, Great Wall and Dongfeng. The top five manufacturers accounted for 58.37% of all exports.

CAAM secretary general Dong Yang predicted exports would continue to rise in the latter part of the year. "I believe exports in the latter half of the year will be higher than the first half," Dong said.