The Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region is staging its first automobile show in its capital of Urumqi City this week, says Xinhua News Service (6/12/00).

Tthe event - with 35 auto-makers across China present - will have more than 1,200 vehicles on display from 150 brands, including the Alto and the Chang`an.

A manager of the Shanghai Automobile Industry says that Xinjiang has potential in automobiles sales as highway facilities are improving and local residents have stronger purchasing power.