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China Automotive Systems’ South American Unit Sales to Increase Approximately 200% In 2021

WUHAN, China, April 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — China Automotive Systems, Inc. (Nasdaq: CAAS) (“CAAS” or the “Company”), a leading power steering components and systems supplier in China, today announced that its joint venture, Brazil Henglong, expects an approximate 200% increase in its steering unit sales to its OEM customers in South America, primarily to Stellantis N.V., for the 2021 year.   

Brazil Henglong has started to supply five new Stellantis vehicle models in 2021 increasing its total to 12 vehicle models.  The Company supplies steering products for Stellantis’ s SUVs, pick-up trucks and sedans.

Stellantis N.V. was created by the merger between Peugeot S.A. and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles N.V. and their associated brands, in January 2021. 

Mr. Qizhou Wu, chief executive officer of CAAS, commented, “We are very pleased with the growth of our South American operations which are focused on Brazil and Argentina, but have a reach across the continent.  For the 2021 year, we expect our total sales in South America to exceed 450,000 units for the first time. We have a long history of supplying steering to parts of Stellantis’ s operations and we are gratified to supply to a growing number of their vehicle models.”

“International sales are a strong growth channel for our business.  We have developed substantial sales in North and South America, and we have begun to penetrate European markets as well.  We look forward to capturing higher market share in international markets,” Mr. Wu concluded.   

About China Automotive Systems, Inc.

Based in Hubei Province, the People’s Republic of China, China Automotive Systems, Inc. is a leading supplier of power steering components and systems to the Chinese automotive industry, operating through ten Sino-foreign joint ventures. The Company offers a full range of steering system parts for passenger automobiles and commercial vehicles. The Company currently offers four separate series of power steering with an annual production capacity of over 6 million sets of steering gears, columns and steering hoses. Its customer base is comprised of leading auto manufacturers, such as China FAW Group, Corp., Dongfeng Auto Group Co., Ltd., BYD Auto Company Limited, Beiqi Foton Motor Co., Ltd. and Chery Automobile Co., Ltd. in China, and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA) and Ford Motor Company in North America. For more information, please visit: http://www.caasauto.com.

Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains statements that are “forward-looking statements” as defined under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements represent our estimates and assumptions only as of the date of this press release. These forward-looking statements include statements regarding the qualitative and quantitative effects of the accounting errors, the periods involved, the nature of the Company’s review and any anticipated conclusions of the Company or its management and other statements that are not historical facts. Our actual results may differ materially from the results described in or anticipated by our forward-looking statements due to certain risks and uncertainties. As a result, the Company’s actual results could differ materially from those contained in these forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those described under the heading “Risk Factors” in the Company’s Form 10-K annual report filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on March 30, 2021, and in documents subsequently filed by the Company from time to time with the Securities and Exchange Commission. If the outbreak of COVID-19 is not effectively and timely controlled, our business operations and financial condition may be materially and adversely affected as a result of the deteriorating market outlook for automobile sales, the slowdown in regional and national economic growth, weakened liquidity and financial condition of our customers or other factors that we cannot foresee. Any of these factors and other factors beyond our control, could have an adverse effect on the overall business environment, cause uncertainties in the regions where we conduct business, cause our business to suffer in ways that we cannot predict and materially and adversely impact our business, financial condition and results of operations. A prolonged disruption or any further unforeseen delay in our operations of the manufacturing, delivery and assembly process within any of our production facilities could continue to result in delays in the shipment of products to our customers, increased costs and reduced revenue.  We expressly disclaim any duty to provide updates to any forward-looking statements made in this press release, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise.

For further information, please contact:

Jie Li
Chief Financial Officer
China Automotive Systems, Inc.
Email: jieli@chl.com.cn

Kevin Theiss
Awaken Advisors
Email: Kevin@awakenlab.com

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